Derwael makes bold statement on uneven bars in first subdivision
DOHA: Belgium’s Nina Derwael soared through her intricate, risky routine on uneven bars and established herself as a gold-medal candidate in the first subdivision of women’s qualifications at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships at Aspire Dome on Saturday.
Derwael’s formidable score of 15.066 on uneven bars, the apparatus on which she won bronze at the 2017 Worlds, was the highlight of the Belgian squad’s showing.
Belgium led the team standings in the subdivision with 158.970 points, but her team-mates’ mistakes caused Derwael to cry afterwards.
“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,” she said. “I also needed to let everything go a bit, stress and things.”
Women’s qualifications continue with five more subdivisions on Saturday and five subdivisions on Sunday.