10/23/2018 9:31:30 PM (GMT+3)

Dutch gymnast Volleman ready for prime role

Dutch gymnast Volleman ready for prime role

DOHA: After a couple of brushes with greatness in previous major competitions, Tisha Volleman of the Netherlands is poised to break through at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships that begins on Thursday at Aspire Dome.

“I think it’s amazing to be so close in all the competitions, and I’ve done a lot of them,” Volleman told www.worldgymdoha18.com after Tuesday’s podium training. “I hope I can get good scores and help the team as much as I can.”

Volleman, who was a reserve at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games and vault final at the 2017 Worlds in Montreal, Canada, is among the more experienced in the Dutch lineup.

“It’s good new people are in the team so they can have the experience of a big competition,” said Volleman, who will turn 19 on October 26.  “For 2020 (Tokyo Olympic Games) we hope to have a big team so we can choose the best girls at the best moment.”

Although Volleman has earned her own identity and place in the national team, she finds it amusing that people sometimes mistake her for her better-known team-mates, Sanne, who is also in the squad here, and Lieke Wevers.

The Wevers twins competed at the Rio Games, where Sanne won gold on balance beam.

“I think it’s funny that people think I’m Sanne or Lieke,” Volleman said. “It happens a lot in the Netherlands, but I don’t think we look like each other.”