Belgium's Derwael reacts after WAG 1st subdivision qualifications
DOHA: Comments from Nina Derwael of Belgium after the first subdivision of women’s qualifications at Aspire Dome on Saturday.
On her performance on uneven bars, which scored a formidable 15.066 (she won bronze on uneven bars as the 2017 Worlds):
I did all my connections. It wasn’t as clean as I could be, so I just hope to go into the final and do it better. My execution can be better.
On her deadpan demeanor after she dismounted uneven bars and descended the podium.
I was so stressed after two of my team-mates fell ahead of me. I felt really weird and the adrenaline was still so much in my body. Afterwards I could relax, but at first I think it was all the adrenaline that got the better of me.
On performing last for her team on uneven bars, and first for her team on balance beam in the next rotation.
I dismounted the podium (after uneven bars) and they were already walking towards beam, and I still had to do tape my feet and things. It all really quick. I was like, ‘I need this and I need this and I need this,’ and I just didn’t know what to do first. I had my coach and team-mates calm me down quite well before I went up on beam.
On why she was crying after the subdivision.
It was actually just for the team, because we were really ready for this competition, so it was difficult to have those falls (by team-mates) on bars and beam. It was a little hard on me and on the whole team. I want the best for the team so it was a little bit difficult to see the other girls who made mistakes be upset about it. I also needed to let everything go a bit, stress and things.
On managing the attention she receives.
At first it was a bit much for me and it put a lot more pressure on me, but I’ve learned to embrace it and use it as a positive thing rather than a negative thing.