Varna World Cup: five medals for France, including two gold

Cameron-Lie Bernard and Lucie Henna, both gold medalists in Varna. Photo DR

A great weekend for the France collective on the World Cup stage in Varna, which won gold on the balance beam with Lucie Henna, gold on the parallel bars with Cameron-Lie Bernard, silver on the floor and jump for Nicolas Diez and silver on the ground for Aline Friess. In the other finals, Célia Serber, Lucie Henna and Paco Fernandes Henriques placed 8th respectively on uneven bars, floor and rings.

For her very first World Cup stage, Lucie Henna starts in the most beautiful way. Qualified in 6th position on the balance beam with a score of 12.750, the INSEP resident moved up a notch in the final to win gold on this apparatus (13.066).

A ground qualification in two stages
Although she had not initially been announced as qualified on the floor, she was in reality a finalist. Her half change jump had been mistakenly downgraded to singles and her series therefore did not count. After verification, the judges counted her half change jump, her score then going from 12.200 to 12.800, going from 19th to 5th place, thus winning her ticket for the final, where she finally ranked eighth with the score of 12,566.

Aline Friess. Photo DR

Aline Friess, a successful return
His last international appearance was in May 2023… on the World Cup stage in Varna. A year later, Aline Friess, who had in the meantime only participated in the elite French championships in June where she only presented the bars, made her comeback to competition this week in Bulgaria where she presented the bars and floor. Recovering from a long foot injury, the Alsatian who has been training at INSEP since last September took silver on the floor (13.033), thus building up her confidence. She ranked 4th in the qualifications with a score of 12.850.

Three medals in GAM
Among the men, Cameron-Lie Bernard took gold on the parallel bars (14.333). He qualified in first position with a sublime score of 15.150. After narrowly missing the Olympic quota he was seeking in the qualifying world cup stages for Paris 2024 in the first half of the year, the Norman showed himself solid, confirming his abilities on his favorite apparatus to take first place. .

For his second senior year, Nicolas Diez achieved a 100%! Aligned on two apparatuses, he left with two silver medals: silver on floor (13.666) and on vault (14.100). In qualifications, he placed 3rd on floor (14.100) and 3rd on vault (13.900)

Double in silver for Nicolas Diez. Photo DR

Respectively qualified in the final on the uneven bars and rings, Célia Serber (11.100) and Paco Fernandes Henriques (13.066). On the other apparatus, Aline Friess finished 13th in qualifications on bars (12.200), Célia Serber 18th on beam (11.800), Cameron-Lie Bernard 14th on rings (13.350), Paco Fernandes Henriques 9th on high bar (13.200) and 26th on pommel (11.350), and finally Romain Cavallaro 21st on floor (13.100), 29th on pommel (10.850), 16th on parallel bars (12.900) and 21st on high bar (12.550), high bar where he was unfortunately injured on the way out after slipping.

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