'Double Dutch' Name 2016 Olympic Squads
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Sanne Wevers and Epke Zonderland will lead strong Dutch squads for the upcoming Olympic Games, the Royal Dutch Gymnastics Union (KNGU) announced Sunday.

Sanne Wevers and Epke Zonderland will lead strong Dutch squads for the upcoming Olympic Games, the Royal Dutch Gymnastics Union (KNGU) announced Sunday.


Epke Zonderland

The Netherlands qualified both men's and women's teams to this summer's Olympic Games, the first for the Dutch women since 1976 and for the men since 1928.

The Dutch women's team consists of Céline van Gerner, Vera van Pol, Eythora Thorsdottir, and twins Lieke Wevers and Sanne Wevers. Van Gerner competed as an individual at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Sanne Wevers, the silver medalist on balance beam at the 2015 World Championships, is the Dutch women's top medal hope in Rio. She and Lieke finished 1-2 on balance beam at the Olympic test event, held in April in Rio de Janeiro.

The Wevers sisters join the rare club of Olympic gymnastics twins who competed together, which includes Bulgarians Plamen and Rumen Petkov (1980), Chinese Li Xiaoshuang and Dashuang (1992), and Americans Paul and Morgan Hamm (2000 and 2004).

Olympic high bar champion Zonderland returns for a third consecutive Olympics along with first-time Olympians Bart Deurloo, Frank Rijken, Yuri van Gelder and Jeffrey Wammes.

"I am proud that the Netherlands is represented in gymnastics for both the women and the men with full teams at the Olympics," said Hans Gootjes, technical directory of the KNGU. "This is the result of years of intensive training of many more stakeholders than just the currently selected athletes and guidance. Gymnasts and coaches not selected, and everyone else involved have put the same energy into achieving this unique result. For me this is the ultimate 'One Team One Dream' outcome."

The team was selected following Saturday's final qualifier in Heerenveen. The competition featured international guests, including the Brazilian women's team, along with individual Olympic qualifiers Emily Little (Australia), Dennis Goossens (Belgium), Sherine el Zeiny (Egypt), Kévin Crovette (Monaco), Barbora Mokošová (Slovakia), and Emma Larsson (Sweden).

Thorsdottir won the women's all-around, tied with Brazil's Rebeca Andrade. Sanne Wevers missed uneven bars but soared on beam with a 15.400 (6.7 Difficulty score).

Deurloo won the men's all-around, nearly 3 points ahead of Rijken.

The Dutch delegation plans to depart for Rio on July 26. The Netherlands competes in the first of three sessions of qualification, while the women compete in the fourth of five qualification sessions.

External Link: Royal Dutch Gymnastics Union

2016 Dutch Olympic Trials
July 9, Heerenveen

Women's All-AroundVTUBBBFXTotal
1.Eythora Thorsdottir5.815.1505.713.5506.214.5505.714.00057.250
1.Rebeca Andrade5.815.1506.214.3505.713.9005.713.85057.250
3.Lieke Wevers5.014.1506.013.8005.814.9505.614.15057.050
4.Céline van Gerner5.013.9005.614.4505.913.5005.414.10055.950
5.Vera van Pol5.314.4505.914.0505.212.9505.413.45054.900
6.Tisha Volleman5.814.7505.013.5505.012.7505.613.50054.550
7.Lorrane Oliveira5.814.8005.813.8505.513.2505.612.50054.400
7.Carolyne Pedro5.014.1005.614.2505.312.9005.513.15054.400
9.Emma Larsson5.014.2005.212.5005.913.9005.513.50054.100
10.Reina Beltman5.213.1005.413.8505.713.9505.512.75053.650
11.Milena Theodoro5.314.0005.612.4005.213.1005.413.20052.700
12.Barbora Mokošová5.014.0005.413.6504.412.5004.911.75051.900
13.Kirsten Polderman5.214.0005.413.5504.510.0504.912.35049.950
14.Sherine el Zeiny5.013.9003.47.4004.411.8004.011.90045.000
15.Daniele Hypólito5.314.2006.414.4505.813.40042.050
16.Jade Barbosa5.014.1506.114.1505.513.00041.300
16.Emily Little5.815.2005.512.5005.513.60041.300
18.Mara Titarsolej5.213.7005.414.0505.312.95040.700
19.Sanne Wevers5.111.6006.715.40027.000
20.Julie Kim5.513.0505.712.55025.600

Men's All-AroundFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1.Bart Deurloo6.515.0006.214.9005.814.4005.614.7505.814.2007.215.15088.400
2.Frank Rijken6.014.3005.514.4505.114.1005.614.6006.114.6005.913.65085.700
3.Michel Bletterman6.113.8505.814.5505.213.4005.213.9506.514.8005.414.15084.700
4.Casimir Schmidt6.815.1506.114.5005.913.9005.614.6005.513.7505.112.75084.650
5.Jeffrey Wammes6.514.9004.311.4005.313.9005.614.9505.213.4506.414.60083.200
6.Boudewijn de Vries4.711.9006.214.1004.813.7504.413.3505.213.9505.813.30080.350
7.Kévin Crovette4.512.6504.111.3004.912.654.413.1504.612.4004.612.00074.150
8.Rick Jacobs5.113.3505.613.4005.212.65039.400
9.Epke Zonderland5.414.2506.613.80028.050
10.Dennis Goossens6.615.55015.550
11.Yuri van Gelder6.615.35015.350
12.Justen Zuidema6.414.00014.000
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