Dufournet, Antoniotti French Champs

Amanda Turner:

Sr WAG
1. Youna Dufournet 53.650
2. Valentine Pikul 53.150
3. Valentine Sabatou 52.500

Sr WAG

Sr MAG
1. Kévin Antoniotti 85.800
2. Arnaud Willig 85.450
3. Kévin Dupuis 84.500

Now 20, Dufournet trains in Paris with Romanian-born coach Nellu Pop, who praised his pupil’s performance in winning her first senior national title. Dufournet was third in 2009 and won the 2007 junior national title.

“Youna is a girl like I’ve never seen,” Pop told IG on Sunday. “She managed to be strong over two days of competition and scraped by to win the French championships after a two-year break! She had a meniscus replacement and the rehabilitation was long. She has a lot of character and unparalleled work ethic. She gave a good performance especially on bars and beam. We are still working — she still needs more time to return to international elite, but with her willingness to work hard, everything is possible.” …

IG – Dufournet, Antoniotti Win French Nationals

Loan His (1999) won junior (53.800). Scored 14.10 on Bars.

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