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Dutch Name Women's Team For Worlds
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Veteran Verona van de Leur is among seven women who have been named to the Dutch team for the World Championships, Sept. 1-9 in Stuttgart.

Verona van de Leur

Joining the 21-year-old van de Leur in Stuttgart will be Lichelle Wong, Anne Tritten, Marrit Ewald, Petra Witjes, Sanne Wevers and alternate Loes Linders.

Van de Leur placed ninth all-around at the 2001 Worlds in Ghent, ninth all-around at the 2007 European Championships in Amsterdam, and first all-around at the 2007 Dutch Championships.

Wong was 17th all-around at the 2007 Europeans, and second all-around at the 2007 Dutch Championships.

Tritten and Ewald won the silver medal as a team (together with junior Wyomi Masela) at this summer's European Youth Olympic Festival in Belgrade, behind gold medal-winning team Ukraine. Ewald also placed first all-around at the 2007 Dutch Junior Championships.

Witjes and Wevers placed sixth and seventh all-around, respectively, at the 2007 Dutch Championships.

Linders was an all-around finalist at the 2005 Worlds in Melbourne, and the top Dutch all-arounder (40th in preliminaries) at the 2006 Worlds, held in Aarhus, Denmark.

The Dutch women placed 15th in team competition at the 2006 Worlds. The top 12 teams in Stuttgart will qualify for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Absent from the team are Tahnee Masela, the 2007 Dutch all-around bronze medalist and Dutch champion on uneven bars; and Berber van den Berg, who placed fourth all-around and first on vault at the 2007 Dutch Championships. Masela injured an elbow a few weeks ago, and van den Berg recently announced her retirement.

Read "Perseverance Pays Off," a profile on Wong, in the July/August 2007 issue of International Gymnast magazine.

International Gymnast Magazine Related Features
"Fame Resistant" - van de Leur cover story (May 2002)
Van de Leur on cover photo collage (August/September 2003)
"Perseverance Pays Off" - Wong profile (July/August 2007)
"Fresh Start" - Linders profile (April 2006)
"Patient and Persistent" - Masela profile (September 2006)

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