Dutch coach Wolther Kooistra told IG he has mixed emotions over the fortunes of Dutch gymnasts Noël van Klaveren and Chantysha Netteb at the world championships that concluded Sunday in Antwerp. Pictured: Noël van Klaveren in Antwerp
Dutch coach Wolther Kooistra told IG he has mixed emotions over the fortunes of Dutch gymnasts Noël van Klaveren and Chantysha Netteb at the world championships that concluded Sunday in Antwerp.
Van Klaveren, whom Kooistra coaches, overcame a disastrous 10.633 score on uneven bars in the first rotation of the all-around final to finish 20th. She earned the fifth-highest vault score, 13th-highest floor exercise score and 17th-highest balance beam score of the all-around final.
Netteb, who is coached by 1980 Czechoslovakian Olympian Katarina Sarisska, injured her right knee when she landed a double-twisting Yurchenko in the vault final. She won the 2012 European junior championships on this apparatus.
"Chantysha has an ACL tear and meniscus damage, and rehabilitation will take nine to 12 months, I presume," Kooistra told IG. "I’m very proud of Noël and sad for Chantysha. Sport works in mysterious ways."
The Dutch team previously lost Wyomi Masela, who suffered a torn Achilles' tendon at the Hungarian Grand Prix in September. Veteran Jeffrey Wammes also withdrew from Antwerp, where he had been scheduled to compete floor exercise and vault, due to concerns about a painful Achilles.
Read in-depth coverage of the 2013 world championships in the November 2013 issue of International Gymnast magazine; and "Ready to Rise for the Netherlands," a profile on Van Klaveren, in the June 2013 issue. To subscribe or order back issues, click here.