Participants for 4th International Challenge at Woluwé Saint-Lambert
Posted December 11, 2008on:
With the World Cup Final coming up, it’s easy to forget that anothe interesting competition will be taking place in Belgium at Woluwé Saint-Lambert near Brussels.
The participating countries are Holland, Belgium, Romania and the United States.
The United States will be sending Corrie Lothrop, Amanda Jetter and Olivia Courtney.
Lothrop, of course, was an alternate for the 2008 Olympic team, and is coming off of an impressive performance at the PAGU Individual Event Championships in Argentina, where she took gold on vault and silver on all three other events. Courtney also had a good meet at PAGU, taking second on vault and first on floor. This is Jetter’s first international event. She qualified to the National Team for the first time this year, placing fifth in the all-around.
The Romanian participants are Ana Maria Baicu, Larisa Iordache, Patricia Tiron and Mihaela David
We all know plenty about Iordache, the twelve-year-old Romanian superstar who was first in her age level at last year’s Romanian National Championships, though she fell to second this year. Iordache was at Top Gym earlier this fall, where she took first on floor. She’s got a nice routine with good choreography and expressiveness, especially for a young Romanian. She was fourth in the all-around. Baicu was third in the Romanian nationals in her age group this year after taking fifth last year. Baicu was third in the all-around and on floor at the November Tournoi de Blanc-Mesnil, after Natalia Kononenko and Diana Bulimar. Tiron was eighth in the all-around at that competition, where she also took first on beam. David is a teammate of Iordache and Baicu at Dinamo Bucharest.
Holland sends Jocelyn Kraan, Ewald Marrit, Lieke Wevers, Tahnee Masela, Wyomi Masela and Natasja Blind.
Wevers, Sanne Wevers’ sister, was third in the Dutch National Championships last year (after Suzanne Harmes and Sanne), with Marrit taking fourth. The Masela sisters are both very good, and Wyomi specifically is coming off of two excellent competitions: at the Massilia Cup, where she placed first on vault, and at the Tournoi d’Arques, where she was the all-around champion. Blind also competed at Massilia, but took no medals. She was, however, fifth at the WOGA Classic (tied with Australia’s Britt Greeley) last March. Kraan was sixth at Top Gym this year.
The participants for Belgium are Kim Van Limbergen, Jolien Eggermont, Marieke Herteleer, Monica Dejardin and Emilie Ibragimova. Aagje Vanwalleghem was scheduled to compete but withdrew after moving into qualifying position for the vault competition at the WCF.
I don’t know much about the the Belgian gymnasts to be honest, although Emilie Ibragimova was at Arques recently. Feel free to enlighten me in the comments!