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                           OVERALL MEDAL TALLY
 
                            G       S      B      Total
China                   10       2      0        12
DPR Korea             1        1      2        4
Japan                   1         0      1        2
South Korea          0         2      2        4
Hong Kong            0         1      0        1
Iran                      0         0      1        1                                                            
 Chinese-Taipei      0         0      1        1
Kazakhstan           0         0       1        1
(Note: Two silvers given in women’s floor exercise)
 
AGU Office: BANGKOK (THA) May 22, 2017 – Sustaining its might until the very end, China captured three more gold medals to wrest back the overall championship of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibutr Gymnasium here on Sunday.
Zou Jingyuan ruled the men’s parallel bars, while Lin Chaopan and Liu Tinting bagged the men’s horizontal bar and women’s balance beam golds, respectively, as the Chinese regained their status as the best not only in the tournament but also in the entire continent.
Piercing their aura of invincibility, however, were Japan’s Honoka Koga and Democratic People’s Repubic of Korea’s Kim Sujong, who shared the gold in the women’s floor exercise, and  unheralded Le Thanh Tung of Vietnam in topping the men’s pole vault.
China bounced back from its runner-up finish in the Asian Seniors edition held in Hiroshima, Japan two years ago, bringing home 10 golds and two silvers from the tournament, in contrast to its previous haul of five gold and five silver medals.
DPR Korea was in second place with a modest haul of  one gold, one silver and two bronzes while Japan slumped to third place with just one gold and one silver, a far cry from its 2015 output of 8-7-3 output, in the competition organized and sanctioned by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
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Aided by his long years of training in China, Le, who performed No. 7 among the eight finalists,  stole the limelight from Asia’s big guns in ruling the men’s pole vault with a commanding score of 14.563 points for his first gold in the competition after going home empty-handed from Hiroshima two years ago.
Kim Hansol, who performed second, was relegated to the silver (14.488) and Japan’s Shuto Horiuchi pocketed the bronze (13.725).
“I did not feel pressured by the Chinese because I had trained in Guang Xi province for seven years,” Le, the reigning Southeast Asian Games men’s vault champion, said through an interpreter. “I knew what I was up against.”
MAG PARALLEL BARS
In an encore to winning the rings gold the previous day, Zou was just as impressive in securing the men’s parallel bars championship by garnering 15.850 points through his dynamic and difficult routine on the apparatus.
He was in a league of his own as South Korea’s Hansol Kim (14.275) and Japan’s Shuto Horiuchi (13.700) bagged the silver and bronze, respectively.
MAG HORIZONTAL BAR
Rio Olympics veteran Lin’s duel with teammate Xiao Ruoleng spilled over into the horizontal bar.
Xiao opened the event by scoring what seemed to be an unbeatable 14.50 points, but Lin,  seeing action as the eighth and last finalist, countered with an even more difficult routine, earning the judges’ approval and the gold with tally of 14.550 points.
Milad Karimi put Kazakhstan on the podium for the first time in securing the bronze medal with 13.850 points.
WAG BALANCE BEAM
Chinese teammates Liu Tingting and Luo Hoan also renewed their ongoing friendly rivalry in the competition on the balance beam.
Liu showed why she was the back-to-back champion in the Melbourne and Doha World Cups, displaying both grace and athleticism in topping the event with 14.700 points.
Luo was not far behind and got the silver (14.350) and Chinese Taipei’s Lai Pin-Ju placed third for the bronze medal (13.175).
WAG FLOOR EXERCISE
Koga redeemed herself from slipping in the balance beam earlier with a virtuoso performance on the floor exercise, sharing top honors with Sujong as they both scored identical 13.125 points apiece. South Korea’s Lee Eunju displayed some lapses but her efforts were good enough for bronze (12.875).
“I was sad about my slip in the balance beam but my victory in the floor exercise has erased that, especially since this is my first time in the tournament, ” the comely Koga from the city of Yokohama said. 
On top of medals, the AGU also gave cash prizes, with the gold-medal winner earning $350, the silver medalist, $250,and bronze medalist, $150.
 
CAPTIONS:
VAULT MEDALISTS: Top three placers in the vault finals 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships, led by gold medalist Le Thanh Tung of Vietnam, (center) show of their medals. On the left is South Korean silver medalist Kim Hansol while the other is bronze medalist Shuto Horiuchi of Japan. (MAG vault 2)
EYE ON THE PRIZE: Vietnam’s Le Thanh Tung is set to spring into action in the men’s vault finals. The reigning Southeast Asian Games vault champion handily ruled the event.
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TOPS IN PARALLEL BARS: Chinese parallel bars gold medalist Zou Jingyuan (center) leads of the top three finishers in the podium. Flanking him are silver medalist Han Jong Hyok of the Democratic Republic of Korea while the other is Vietnamese bronze medalist Dinh Phuong Tanh.
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WINNING FORM: China’s Zou Jingyuan shows winning form on the men’s parallel bars.
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HORIZONTAL BAR WINNERS: Led by gold medalist Lin Chaopan of China (center), the top finishers in the men’s horizontal bar event display their medals. On the left is teammate and silver medalist Xiao Ruoleg while the other Kazakhstan bronze medalist Milad Karimi.
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BALANCE BEAM MEDALISTS:  Individual all-around women’s champion Liu Tingting of China (center) leads off the winners in the balance beam event. On her left is teammate and silver medalist Luo Huan while the other is Chinese-Taipei bronze medalist Lai Pin-Ju.
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FLOOR EXERCISE TOPNOTCHERS: Japan’s Honoka Koga (center) and Kim Sujong of the Democratic Republic of Korea (left) shared the gold medal in the women’s floor exercise. On the right is South Korean silver medalist Lee Eunju.
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SET TO BEGIN: Japanese Honoka Koga, who shared the gold medal  in the floor exercise with  Kim Sujong of the Democratic Republic of Korea, is set to begin her routine.  
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By: Manolo Pedralvez
 
 
OVERALL MEDAL TALLY
 
                           G       S      B      Total
China                   8       4      2       14
Japan                   4       8      4       16
Chinese-Taipei       1       0      1        2
Philippines             1       0      0        1
South Korea          0        2      3        5                                                           
Kazakhstan           0        2      0        2
DPR Korea            0        0      1        1
(Note: Two silvers given in boys and girls vault events)
 
AGU Office: BANGKOK (THA) May 21, 2017: Two countries broke China’s mighty monopoly at the close of the 14th Asian Junior Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibutr Gymnasium here on Sunday.
After being shut out from the gold last Sunday, Japan regained its bearings and took two titles through Japanese individual all-around champion Kakuto Murayama, who annexed the horizontal bar plum, and teammate Shiga Tachibana, who topped the vault event, respectively.
Also sharing the spotlight was Filipino Carlos Yulo, who overcame a badly twisted left ankle and captured the gold in the boys parallel bars in what was his one and only event in the competition sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union. 
Another rising star was China’s charming sprite Li Qi, who collected the girls balance beam and floor exercise championships, capping an impressive stint for Asia’s largest country in this “Land of Smiles.”
Although slowed down slightly, China emerged as the Asian Juniors overall champion, boasting an output of eight golds, four silvers and two bronze medals in the tournament that drew a record cast of 22 participating countries and over 100 gymnasts.
Unable to keep pace with its huge neighbor in the West, Japan took runner-up honors (4-8-4), Chinese-Taipei was third (1-0-1) and the Philippines was a surprise fourth courtesy of Yulo, who was the country’s lone entry in the Asian Juniors. 

MAG VAULT
After playing second fiddle to Murayama, Tachibana stepped out of the shadows of his teammate and took the boys vault gold with a strong first attempt, resulting in tally of 14.288 points for his second gold, counting the team all-around.
Compatriot Shuma Iwakawa and South Korea’s Chae Sangjin,  who shared the silver with similar 14.038 points each.
“I’m very happy because this is my first individual gold in this tournament,” Tachibana, a native of Chiba City, said.
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MAG PARALLEL BARS
Shrugging of the pain from a twisted ankle suffered during practice, Yulo stamped his class in the parallel bars with a score of 13.825 points, nosing out Japan’s Takeru Kitazono, his training partner, who took the silver (13.750). Chen Yihao of China got the bronze (13.650).
“The pain (in the ankle) is still there but all my sacrifices finally paid off,” said the 17-year-old gymnast, who has been training at the Japanese national training center for nearly a year under Japanese coach Munehiro Kugimiya.
“All the hard training of Caloy (Yulo’s nickname) has paid off,” noted Kugimiya, who has been handling the Philippine team for over three years now.
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MAG HORIZONTAL BARS
After lifting Japan to the team all-around crown, Murayama added a third gold to his collection in clinching the men’s horizontal bar with a score of 13.050 points while teammate Iwakawa annexed his second silver for the day (13.050). China’s Chen once again bagged the bronze (12.725).
“I am happy to add to the gold collection of Japan, although I wish we had more,” the 16-year-old Chiba City native, who was seeing action for the first time in the tournament, said.
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WAG BALANCE BEAM
Adorable-looking LI emerged as the darling of the gallery as she leaped with graceful abandon and precision on the balance beam, getting the nod of the judges in earning a high winning score of 14.025 points.
Japan’s Chiaki Hatakeda finished a far second for the silver (13.375) while Chinese all-around individual champion Chen Yile could only earn 12.925 points and got the bronze.
“This my first time to join the Asian Juniors so I am very happy to win here,” said the tiny Hangzhou City gymnast, who looked more like a grade-schooler than the 15-year-old she claims to be, through an interpreter.
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MAG FLOOR EXERCISE
Li had a close duel  with Chen in the girls floor exercise – likely earning additional points through her cuteness – in securing the gold with a score of 13.425 points. Chen settled for the silver (13.200) while South Korea’s Lee Yunseo copped the bronze (12.975)
Counting the team all-around championship, Li and Chen had three golds each, although Chen had more medals with also a silver and a bronze to show for her efforts.
 
By: Manolo Pedralvez

AGU Office: May 19, 2017: BANGKOK (THA) -  Shock and awe.
This is what the rivals of China must have felt as it continued to dominate the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships for the second straight day at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here on Friday.
Keen on reasserting their gymnastics supremacy in the continent, the Chinese juggernaut, bannered by Xiao Ruoleng, romped off with both the men’s team and individual all-around gold medals, leaving their foes fighting for crumbs.
It marked the second consecutive sweep of gold by China after its women’s squad also ruled the women’s team and individual all-around finals last Thursday.
Underscoring their deep and talented roster, even Rio Olympics veteran Lin Chaopan had to play second fiddle to Xiao, who anchored China to the team all-around gold with an impressive score of 264.75 points, a whopping 13.05 points better than defending overall  champion Japan.
Lording it over in the sixth edition of the tournament in Hiroshima, Japan two years ago,  the Japanese could only muster the silver medal this time with 251.70 points while South Korea had to settled for the bronze medal (250.10) in the championship sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
Witnessing the impressive showing of China was AGU President Abdulrahman Al-Shathri, who arrived last Thursday night and awarded the team medals and cash prizes, while AGU MAG Technical Committee president Miao Zhongyi of China gave away the same to the individual winners.
It was a major breakthrough for Xiao, who took the individual all-around title with 87.80 points, nosing out Lin, who took the silver with 87.45 points, for the gold while beating his illustrious teammate for the first time in international play.  South Korea’s Park Minsoo copped the bronze (84.50).
Marking another first in Asia’s premier gymnastics event,  the AGU gave $1,000 to China as the team all-around champion, $750 to runner-up Japan and $500 to third-place South Korea.
“I am very happy about this victory because I was not expecting it since my teammate Lin is here,” said the 21-year-old  Xiao. “Hopefully I can work some more to improve and win more medals for my country.”
The Beijing native’s sterling efforts netted him an additional $500 while Lin and Park pocketed $350 and $200, respectively.
Action resumes on Saturday in this two-in-one AGU event with the individual apparatus finals in both the Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
CAPTIONS:
KEEN SPECTATOR:  Asian Gymnastics Union President Abdulrahman Al-Shatri of Qatar watches action in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Friday at the Nimibutr Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.

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TEAM WINNERS: Team all-around winners, led by gold medalist China (center), pose with Asian Gymnastics Union President Abdulrahman Al-Shatri of Qatar. On the left is silver medalist Japan  while bronze medalist South Korea is on the right.
INDIVIDUAL MEDALISTS:  Individual all-around champion Xiao Ruoleng of China (center) leads the individual winners  pose with AGU MAG Technical Committee President  Miao Xongyi (left). Xia is flanked by teammate and silver medalist Lin Chaopan (left) and South Korean bronze medalist Park Minsoo.

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GOLDEN DOUBLE: China Xiao Ruoleng proudly displays the gold medals he won in the men’s team and individual all-around competitions.
RIDING THE HORSE: Chinese individual all-around champion Xiao Ruoleng shows of fine form on the pommel horse.

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PICTURE-PERFECT:  China’s Xiao Ruoleng, the men’s individual all-around titlist, displays picture-perfect form on the parallel bars.

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LORD OF THE RINGS:  China’s Lin Chaopan, who took the silver medal in the silver individual all-around division, is picture of complete concentration on the rings.

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FLYING HIGH : Rio Olympics veteran Lin Chaopan, the individual all-around silver medalist, soars high on the high bar.

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PARALLEL BAR  EXPONENT: South Korea’s Park Minsoo, who copped the individual all-around bronze medal, displays his mettle on the parallel bars.

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SOUTH KOREA’S BEST:  Park Minsoo,  shown in action on the pommel horse, was South Korea’s best all-around gymnast by taking the bronze medal in the individual all-around.

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By: Manolo Pedralvez

OVERALL MEDAL TALLY
(AFTER DAY 3)
                               G       S      B       Total
China                       7       3      0         10
DPR Korea                0       2      2          7
South Korea              0       1      1          2
Hong Kong                0       1      0          1
Iran                          0       0      1          1                                                            
 Chinese-Taipei          0       0      1          1
BANGKOK (THA) – China’s national anthem was played five times in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here on Saturday.
The reason was quite simple: the Chinese were all-conquering once again, gobbling all of the five gold medals at stake in the men’s and women’s division individual apparatus finals as they made this facility located inside the sprawling Thai National Stadium Complex into their virtual playground.
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Xiao Ruoleng, who took the individual all-around gold last Friday, was once again at the forefront of  China’s onslaught, riding the pommel horse with his usual dynamic and athletic brilliance in ruling the event with a score of 15.125 for his second title.
Teammate Zou JIngyuan was not too far behind and copped the silver medal (14.925) while Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha rose to the occasion and gave his country the bonze (14.750) in the tournament sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
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MAG FLOOR EXERCISE
Rio Olympic Games veteran Lin Chaopan was not to be denied of a top finish this time, exhibiting both athleticism and grace in capturing the men’s floor exercise championship, also his second gold, and held off Ruoleng, who came a close second (14.65) while South Korea’s Kim Hansol had bronze (14.350).
MAG RINGS
Asian Seniors rookie Zou Jingyuan was a picture of balance, poise and power in the difficult rings event, landing with pinpoint precision on his dismount in taking the gold with 15.125 points.
Hong Kong’s lanky and well-muscled Ng Kiu Chung gave the Chinese a tough fight, doing a similarly hard routine before landing with just a slight wobble, and pumped his fist before exiting the floor. His attempt, however, fell short Xiao’s score and settled for silver (149.925).
Chinese-Taipei Chen Chih-Yu also took to the podium, scoring 14.825 for the bronze.
“I didn’t feel any pressure  although I was the second to perform on the rings,” Zou, 19, a native of Yibin City in Sichuan Province, said calmly after receiving his gold medal.
WAG VAULT
Seeing that the performers ahead of her were not scoring high, Liu Junru, who was No. 6 in the order of appearance out of the eight qualifiers, put the gold beyond  reach  of everybody else by garnering  an average of 14.40 (14.225 and 14.572) in her two tries at the women’s vault
Democratic People’s Repubic of Korea’s Kim Su (14.00) Jong and Rye Yong (13.90) took the silver and bronze medal, respectively.
WAG UNEVEN BARS
There was an upset of sorts in uneven bars as Luo Hoan captured the gold medal with her clean and elegant performance , worth 14.475 points, besting individual all-around  champion Liu Tingting, who topped the same event at the Melbourne World Cup held early this year.
Performing immediately after her compatriot, Liu salvaged the silver (14.350) while DPR Korea’s Jong Jang Mi placed third and went home with the bronze (13.00).
Each gold medalist also earned $350, the silver medalist winne,r $250, and bronze medalist, $150, as part of the AGU’s further recognition of the gymnasts seeing action in the tournament and t draw more athletes to the sport. 
Closely watching the gymnastics action for the second straight day was Asian Gymnastics Union President Abdulrahman Al-Shatri, who also awarded prizes to the winners.
Action In the individual apparatus finals returns on Sunday, the final day of the  competition, in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
To be contested are the golds in the  men’s vault, men’s parallel bars and men’s horizontal bar plus the women’s balance beam and  women’s floor exercise.
POMMEL HORSE CHAMPION:  China’s Xia Ruoleng shows the form that won him the gold medal in the pommel horse event of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.  (Xiao Ruoleng 2)
FLOOR EXERCISE MEDALISTS:  China’s Lin Chaopan (center) displays the gold medal he won in ruling the men’s floor exercise of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. On his left is teammate Xiao Ruolen who took the silver medal while South Korean silver medalist Kim Hansol is on his right. 

TOPS IN FLOOR EXERCISE: China’s  Lin Chaopan twirls through the air,  showing  off  the winning form that was good for gold in the men’s floor exercise of the 14th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
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RINGS MEDALISTS:  Individual rings gold medalist  Zou Jingyuan  of China (center) poses with the rest of the medalists in the 7th Asian Seniors Gymnastics Championships. On his left is Hong Kong’s Kiu Chiung while Chinese-Taipei’s Chen Chih-Yu is on his right.
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RING SUSPENSION:  China’s Zou Jingyuan suspends himself in the air on the way to ruling the men’s ring title in the 7th Asian Seniors Gymnastics Championships. 
WOMEN’S VAULT GOLD MEDALIST:  China’s Liu Jinriu vaults her way to the gold medal in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
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UNEVEN BARS WINNERS: China's Luo Huan (center) proudly displays the gold medal she won in the women's uneven bars of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Flanking her are teammate and silver medalist Liu Tingting (left) and bronze medalist Jon Jang Mi of the Democratic Republic of Korea.
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By: Manolo Pedralvez

AGU Office: BANGKOK (THA) May 19, 2017: Liu Tingting came through with a masterful performance on Thursday, powering China to a dominating sweep of the women’s team and individual all-around titles to kick off action in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibutr Gymnasium here.
In a class of her own, the impish-looking Liu ruled three out of the four events, highlighted by an outstanding 15.30 points on the balance beam plus first-place finishes in the uneven bars (14.35) and floor exercise (13.50) events en route to a gold-medal clinching score of 56.80 points. 
Counting the tally of teammates Luo Huan, who garnered the silver medal with 55.70 points, and Liu Jinriu (48.750), the Chinese easily won the team all-around gold with a runaway score of 165.20 points in the tournament organized and sanctioned by the Asian Gymnastics Union. 
Bannered by individual bronze medalist Kim Sujong (53.15), North Korea finished a far second with 156.75 points, relegating Japan to the third place (155.10) in the competition marked by the AGU awarding cash prizes for the first time in the continental artistic gymnastics showcase.
China likewise took home the team prize of $1,000 while North Korea and Japan earned $700 and $500, respectively.
On the other hand, Liu pocketed $500 as the individual all-around  queen, Luo got $350, and Kim $200 for their efforts.
Qatar’s Ali Ahmad Al-Hitmi, International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) and AGU Executive Committee Member,   awarded the team winners while FIG WAG Technical Committee President Donatella Sacchi of Italy gave away the individual medals and prizes.
“I am very happy because this is my first time in the Asian Seniors,” said Liu through an interpreter and whose golden maiden appearance here was somewhat of a consolation prize for missing last year’s Rio de Janeiro Olympics due to a hand injury.
The winner of a pair of golds each in the first and second legs  of the FIG World Cup series  held in Melbourne, Australia and Doha, Qatar, respectively, the pixie from Guangzhou City revealed she did not feel threatened by  Luo in her bid for gold.
“All of us teammates actually encourage one another and we don’t feel pressured,” Liu replied, beaming.
The battle for Asian gymnastics supremacy escalates as the men take over the floor on Friday with the team and individual all-around finals.
Expected to witness the hostilities at ringside is AGU President Abdulrahman Al-Shathri of Qatar, who was scheduled to arrive late Wednesday night on a flight from the Qatari capital of Doha. 
CAPTIONS
TEAM MEDALISTS:  Winners in the  women’s team all-around event in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistics Gymnastics Championships, led by gold medalist China (center), pose with their medals.  Silver medalist DPR Korea is on the left while bronze medalist Japan is on the right. With them is Qatar’s Ali Ahmad Al-Hitmi, International Gymnastics Federation and Asian Gymnastics Union Executive Committee Member.
INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:  Women’s individual all-around champion Liu Tingting of China (center)  and the other medalists pose together with FIG WAG Technical Committee President Donatella Sacchi of Italy.  Flanking Liu are teammate and silver medalist Lu Hoan (left) and bronze medalist Kim Sujong of DPR Korea (right).

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SUPERB FORM: Women’s individual all-around gold medalist Liu Tingting of China shows superb form on the balance beam.

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FULL CONCENTRATION: China’s Liu Tingting, the women’s individual all-around champion, displays full concenteration on the uneven bars.

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TWIRLING IN THE AIR:  Women’s individual all-around silver medalist Lu Hoan twirls in the air in the floor exercise event .

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PERFECT BALANCE: China’s Lu Hoan, the women’s individual all-around silver medalist, displays picture-perfect form on the balance beam.

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DIFFICULT SOMERSAULT: DPR Korea’s Kim Sujong, the women’s individual all-around bronze medalist, does a difficult somersault on the balance beam. 

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SOARING: Women’s individual all-around bronze medalist Kim Sujong soar through the air on the balance beam.

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OVERALL MEDAL TALLY
(AFTER DAY 3)
                            G       S      B      Total
China                    6       4      0       10
Japan                    2       3      4       7
Chinese-Taipei       1       0      1       2
Kazakhstan           0       2      0       2
South Korea          0       1      2       1                                                            
 DPR Korea           0       0      1       1
(Note: 2 silvers given in women’s vault)
BANGKOK – China’s mighty gymnastics machine was in full display once again on Saturday, securing four of the five individual apparatus golds stake in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibutr Gymnasium here.
WAG UNEVEN BARS
Newcomer Chen Yile typified the Chinese dominance, adding the girls uneven bars title to her collection with a top score of 14.150 points after bagging the team and individual all-around plums she won last Tuesday and emerged as the most bemedalled athlete thus far in the girls division.
Teammate Zhou Ruiyu made it a 1-2 finish for their country in taking the silver medal (13.200) while Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s Sim Haewon bagged the bronze (13.050) in the competition sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union. 
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Liu Jieyu picked up the other gold in the girls division, topping the vault with a tally of 12.975 points while Darya Yassinskaya of Kazaksthan and South Korea’s Shin Solyi  surprisingly shared the silver with identical scores of 13.00 points each.
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Rookie Su Weide led the romp for China in the boys division, ruling the floor exercise handily with 14.20 points, relegating Japanese all-around individual champion Kakuto Murayama to the silver (13.00) while his teammate, Shiga  Tachibana, settled for the bronze medal (13.725).
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Compatriot Yin Daehang, also a newcomer here, was just as impressive in securing the pommel horse gold (13.735) as Kazakhstan’s Dhiyas Toishybek and (13.30) and Japan’s Wakasa Kosuke (13.00) placed second and third, respectively.
MAG RINGS
Breaking China’s monopoloy was Chinese-Taipei Guan-Yi, who exuded confidence in capturing the rings gold medal (13.70), edging out Yin (13.525) and South Korea’s Ham Myeongsik (13.00), rounding up the competitions for the day. 
“I am happy I was finally able to win a gold medal in this tournament after not having won two years ago,” said Guan, 17, a senior high school student at the Taipei Municipal Datong High School, said. 
The Chinese were way ahead of the medal standings with an oveall tally of six gold and four silvers while Japan was a poor second (2-3-4) and Chinese-Taipei was third (2-2).
Action In the individual apparatus finals resumes on Sunday, the final day of the  competition, in both the boys and girls division.
To be disputed are the golds in the  men’s vault, men’s parallel bars and men’s horizontal plus the women’s balance beam and  women’s floor exercise.
Captions:
UNEVEN BARS WINNERS: China’s Chen Yile (center) ruled the 14th Asian Juniors girls  individual all-around uneven bars. Flanking her are  teammate and silver medalist Zhou Riuyu (left) and bronze medalist Sim Haewon of DPR Korea.
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ALL CONCENTRATION: China’s Chen Yile, the girls 14th Asian Juniors uneven bars champion, is a picture of concentration as she does her routine on the apparatus.
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VAULT WINNERS: Liu JIeyu of China  (right) is all smiles  after winning the gold medal in the 14th Asian juniors girls vault competitions. Kazakhstan’s Darya Yassinskaya (left) and South Korea’s Shin Solyi shared the silver medal. 
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VAULTING TO GOLD: China’s Liu Jieyu shows her the form that won her the Asian Juniors girls vault championship.
FLOOR EXERCISE WINNERS:  China’s Su Weide (center) shows off the gold medal he won in the 14th Asian Juniors vault event. With him are silver medalist Kakuto Murayama of Japan (left) and his teammate Shiga Tachibana, who took the bronze medal.
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POMMEL HORSE WINNERS: China’s  Yin Dehang (center) displays the gold medal that he won in the pommel horse of the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. With him are silver medalist Diyas Toishybek of Kazakhstan (left) and bronze medalist Wakasa Kosuke of Japan.
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RINGS MEDALISTS:  Chinese-Taipei’s Lin Guan-Yi (center) proudly displays the gold medal he won for topping the rings event of the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Flanking him are silver medalist Ying Dehang (left) of China and  bronze medalist Ham Myeongsik of South Korea. 
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RINGING IN THE GOLD:  Chinese-Taipei’s Lin Guan-Yi shows off winning form in the rings event in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
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By: Manolo Pedralvez
BANGKOK (THA) May 17, 2017:  JAPAN struck back on Wednesday, securing the Individual and Team All-Around gold medals in the boys division of the 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here.
Led by irrepressible rookie Kakuto Murayama,  the Japanese captured the all-around team gold with 243.30 points, narrowly relegating the Chinese to the silver medal (241.40) while the Taiwanese ( Chinese-Taipei)  finished a distant third and settled for the bronze (229.15).
Drawing huge scores from the floor exercise (14.05), vault (14.30) and high bar (14.20), Murayama emerged as the all-around individual champion with a total output of 80.95, besting China’s Ma Ziyue, who took the silver, by a whisker (79.95), as teammate Shiga Tachibana settled for the bronze (79.65).
“I worked hard for this tournament so, of course, I thought I would win,” said the Japanese gymnast, who began in the sport when he was five years old, confidently although he was making his debut in the competition organized and sanctioned by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
The 16-year-old native of Chiba City aimed to add to his gold-medal collection when he springs into action in the individual apparatus finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.
It was a great comeback for the Japanese after they were shut out during in the opening  last Tuesday dominated by the Chinese, who swept away with top honors in both the individual and team girls all-around in this country known as “The Land of Smiles.”
Having split the first four golds contested so far in the Asian Juniors, China and Japan were set to resume their keen rivalry on Thursday with the start of the 7th Asian Senior Gymnastics Championships ushered in by the women’s individual and team all-around contests.
According to AGU Technical Manager Anis Saoud, the Chinese have fielded their first team in this event in a bid to recover from their lackluster showing in the 2015 Rio Olympic Games where they failed to bring home a gold medal.
They are also seeking to regain their supremacy in the Asian Seniors after playing second fiddle in the 2015 edition held in Hiroshima, Japan when the Japanese hosts stamped their class in bagging 8 gold, 7 silvers and 3 bronze medals.
China wound up second overall then with a 5-5-3 gold-silver-bronze medal tally.     
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ASIAN JUNIORS MAG TEAM ALL-AROUND MEDALISTS:  Winners in the 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships  boys team all-around event, led by gold medalist China (center), proudly display their medals. On the left is silver medalist China while bronze medalist Chinese-Taipeis is on the right (photo up)
INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND WINNERS:  Individual all-around boys gold medalist Kakuto Murayama of Japan (center) poses with silver medalist Ma Ziyue (left) and teammate Shiga Tachibana (right), who took the bronze medal.
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GOLDEN KISS: Japan’s Kakuto Murayama kisses his gold medal for emerging as the boys individual all-around champion in the 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastic Championships.
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FINE FORM: Japanese all-around individual champion Kakuto Murayama shows fine form in the floor exercise event.
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FOCUSED:  Chin’s Ma Ziyue, who bagged the silver medal in the boys individual all-around event, display focus on the high bar.
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SOARING ON THE RINGS:  Individual all-around silver medalist Shiga Tachibana of Japan soars on the ring apparatus.
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