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Derwael: 'It Was Just A Relief'
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Second in a series of flashbacks to the 2018 World Championships in Doha

Although Belgium’s Nina Derwael won gold on uneven bars by a convincing margin of 0.50 points, she modestly assessed her history-making performance as among her finest.

“It was one of my best routines that I’ve done here so far,” said Derwael, who outscored the field by 0.30 in Difficulty and 0.20 in Execution to win Belgium’s first world title. “I slightly over-rotated my full turn before my dismount, but my dismount was great, so I’m very, very happy with my performance.”

Derwael said her winning routine looked easier than it felt.

“I felt a lot of stress before mounting the bars, but once I got into my rhythm, I could feel, ‘Yeah, it’s going great,’ and continued like that,” she said. “Then, when I stuck my landing, it was just a relief.”

IG’s John Crumlish served as chief editor/reporter for the organizing committee’s News Service at the 2018 World Championships in Doha.

Next up: Australia’s Clay Stephens cuts ties with past injury

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December 2018 issue of International Gymnast magazine. To subscribe to the print and/or digital editions, or to order back issues, click here.

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