Derwael on Historic Bars Bronze: 'It's All So Surreal'
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Nina Derwael of Belgium said winning the bronze medal on uneven bars in Saturday's apparatus final was the realization of a longtime goal.

Nina Derwael of Belgium said winning the bronze medal on uneven bars in Saturday's apparatus final was the realization of a longtime goal.

"I'm really happy with the medal," Derwael said. "I always dreamed about having a world championships medal, and now that I'm here it's all so surreal."

Derwael's medal was the first for a Belgian female at the world championships, and the first for Belgium in more than 100 years. Until Derwael, the last Belgian medal was a bronze on high bar at the 1913 World Championships in Paris.

Derwael's score of 15.033 points placed her third behind gold medalist Fan Yilin of China (15.166) and silver medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia (15.100) Fan was one of four gymnasts who tied for gold on the apparatus at the 2015 Worlds.

Derwael, who outscored Yeryomina for gold on the event at this spring's European Championships, said she is considering changes to her routine for 2018.

"We do have some ideas in mind, but it will be more and more difficult to upgrade the routine," she said. "I haven't been thinking a lot about next year. I was so focused on this, right now."

The competition continues in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with the second day of apparatus finals. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

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