Only four of the Belgian men’s team went to the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool. So the team’s ambitions weren’t very explicit previously.
It was mainly hoped that there would be an all-out singles final, as Noah Quavita had experienced “the ups and downs” beforehand and had to give up his hopes of making the final on the high bar.
Luca van den Kepas personified that hope for the Belgians. “My World Cup will be a success if I reach 80 points and the overall final,” he said in the run-up to Liverpool.
He also succeeded in his first draft with a 22nd place and 79,799 points in the playoffs. For the rest, no other Belgian could take 24th place. Thus, the 1×1 quartet fell off the horses’ arc. The final on the machine was very ambitious today.
In the sixth and final division of the day, the Belgian team – Maxime Gentjes, Takumi Onoshima, Luca van den Kepas and Noah Quavita – collectively scored 237,228 points. Thus, the men’s team ranked 16th out of 24 countries.
Only the top eight qualify for the final on Wednesday and already get a ticket to next year’s world championships in Antwerp. Japan got the best result (260.695) and Japan’s Wataru Tanigawa was the best in qualifying (84,731).
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