Two weeks before the World Gymnastics Championships, Frenchwoman Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos qualified for the uneven bars and floor finals on Saturday in Bercy during the French Open Gymnastics.
With 14.250 points, “DJDS” obtained the second best score in the bars qualifications, just behind the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade (14.550), reigning world champion in the all-around, while the floor allowed the Frenchwoman to take first place with 13,550 points. On the other hand, she will not compete in the beam final after falling and then missing her landing. Having undergone surgery on one knee at the end of last year, the 23-year-old Frenchwoman has two convincing performances during competitions in the United States, where she trains.
For her part, Marine Boyer, defending champion on the balance beam, will defend her crown in the final on Sunday after obtaining the best score in qualifications. Coline Devillard, European champion and world bronze medalist on vault, will also defend her chances on her favorite apparatus.
Among the men, the day was marked by the great return of Samir Aït Saïd after a long biceps injury. The 2013 European champion made a successful comeback by qualifying for the rings final. In total, the Blues will compete in eleven finals since Benjamin Osberger (floor, pommel), Cameron-Lie Bernard (rings, parallel bars) and Léo Saladino (parallel bars, vault) also obtained their qualification.
The French Open is a rehearsal for the World Championships scheduled in two weeks in Antwerp (September 30-October 8). The Worlds are all the more important as they will mark the main qualifying stage for the 2024 Olympics.