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Van de Leur, Wammes Win Dutch Titles
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Veterans Verona van de Leur and Jeffrey Wammes won the women's and men's senior all-around titles at the Dutch Championships, held this weekend in Nijmegen.

Verona van de Leur

Van de Leur, 21, finished ahead of defending champion Lichelle Wong and first-year senior Tahnee Masela. Van de Leur added gold medals on beam and floor. Berber van den Berg won vault and Masela won uneven bars.

"This is the sweetest all-around title I've won so far," said van de Leur, the 2001 and 2002 Dutch champion. "Only now do I know how hard I have had to work to get here. I'm so much more delighted, as I feel I've really had to fight to obtain this title."

On vault, she competed her high double-twisting Yurchenko again, and she raised the A-scores on other events since the European Championships in Amsterdam in late April.

Also competing were 24-year-old Fieke Willems, a member of the Dutch team at the 1999 World Championships; and Austria's Carina Hasenöhrl, who is returning to competition following a serious neck injury.

Wammes, who broke both ankles at the French International in March 2006, finished first all-around and on floor exercise, rings and vault. Epke Zonderland had mistakes on floor and pommel horse that put him out of reach of the all-around title, but he won gold medals on parallel bars and high bar. Anthony van Assche won the gold medal on pommel horse.

Yuri van Gelder was supposed to compete on rings and vault in event finals, but made a last-minute decision to withdraw because of a sore back after he fell flat on his back in training on Friday. He assured that the injury was not serious.

2007 Dutch Championships
June 16-17, Nijmegen

Senior Women's All-Around (two-day totals)
1. Verona van de Leur 116.825
2. Lichelle Wong 114.125
3. Tahnee Masela 113.575
4. Berber van den Berg 110.75
5. Loes Linders 107.50
6. Petra Witjes 107.05
7. Lieke Wevers 106.15
8. Stéphanie Tijmes 105.55
9. Fieke Willems 104.35
10. Sherine El Zeiny 101.125
11. Lucie Koolhaas 96.95
12. Lieke Ros 96.275
13. Nina Peters 95.525
14. Annabelle Schmidt 89.275

Others (did not compete in all events)
Sanne Wevers 55.650
Robin van den Kroonenberg 50.15
Dianne Teunisse 49.30
Lou-Len Lie 27.100
Carina Hasenöhrl AUT 12.15

Junior Women's All-Around
1. Marrit Ewald 107.05
2. Wyomi Masela 106.95
3. Natasja Blind 103.90
4. Maartje Allebes 101.675
5. Marlies Rijken 100.10
6. Vera van Pol 95.775
7. Daisy Driessen 93.425

Others (did not compete on all events)
Anne Tritten 90.25
Stacey Engels 50.375
India van der Zweep 48.50
Robin Wingbermuhle 47.125
Brigitte van den Bergh 25.025

Senior Men's All-Around
1. Jeffrey Wammes 88.20
2. Epke Zonderland 86.95
3. Anthony van Assche 84.75
4. Herre Zonderland 83.80
5. Carlo Van Minde 82.75
6. Jeroen Hardon 80.10
7. Emiel Tanis 77.35
8. Tim Smeets 76.20

Others (did not compete on all events)
Amadeus Williams 45.55
Anthony Runia 25.25
Mark Butter 23.45
Joas Bredewout 14.05

Read profiles on Wong and Hasenöhrl in the July/August 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"Balancing Act" - short van de Leur profile (March 2006)
van de Leur on cover photo collage (August/September 2003)
"Fame Resistant" - van de Leur cover story (May 2002)
"Amsterdam Confidential" - includes short Wong profile (July/August 2007)
"Patient and Persistent" - Masela profile (September 2006)
"Fresh Start" - Linders profile (April 2006)
"Destiny's Child" - Wammes profile (August/September 2002)
"Much for the Dutch" - Zonderland profile (July/August 2006)
"Double Dutch" - van Gelder profile (May 2006)

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