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Impressive Noah Cuavita in fourth place to the final on a horizontal bar, the Belgian team won the World Cup ticket |  European Gymnastics Championships

Impressive Noah Cuavita in fourth place to the final on a horizontal bar, the Belgian team won the World Cup ticket | European Gymnastics Championships

The Belgian women’s team had already excelled in the all-around team competition at this European Championship, and the Belgian men had to try to follow that example. With a last-minute substitution – Takumi Onoshima had to replace injured Belgian champion Victor Martinez – conditions were not ideal.

The Belgian team was aspiring to the top 13 during the qualifying rounds, as this would guarantee a ticket to the World Championships in Gymnastics at the end of October. Noah Quavita was the only Belgian who had definitive individual ambitions, at the high level.

The Belgians started the qualification hesitantly. In the first three courses (floor, pommel and ring horse) some mistakes are unavoidable. Reaction has been needed in the last three sessions to keep World Cup hopes alive.

This reaction came and how. With good exercises on jumping and on the bridge, the Belgians armed themselves for one last hole on the horizontal bar. Luka Van den Keybus set the tone with an excellent exercise, Onoshima followed suit, after which Kuavita had to get the job done.

With a nearly flawless workout, including his own “Kuavita” item, and perfect deconstruction, he fully fulfilled his ultimate ambition. With 14,066 points, he finished fourth in Sunday’s final and could even secretly dream of a medal.

With a final score of 240,727, the Belgians stayed above their goal of 240 points and finished 12th. Mission accomplished, World Cup tickets can be booked.

Quavita then replied, “I am very satisfied.” “It certainly wasn’t an easy process towards this European Championship, after my Achilles injury, but I can look back with a good feeling. It’s good to see that all the hard work pays off. A medal? I always dream, we’ll see.”

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Luca van den Kepas said: “Things went a bit with ups and downs for me, but I recovered well after falling to the ground. We wanted to give everything with the team after the horse, we did it very well. We can be very proud of our mental progression. and physical.”