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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.
MAG POMMEL HORSE
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
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. 
 WAG VAULT
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.
MAG FLOOR EXERCISE
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).
MAG POMMEL HORSE
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.     
Captions:
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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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

AGU Office, BANGKOK (THA) May 17, 2017: Thailand rolled out the welcome with colorful opening ceremonies ushering in the 7th Asian Senior and 14th Asian Junior Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here on Tuesday.
The country’s leading sports officials graced the inaugural rites in greeting close to 500 athletes and officials from 22 countries taking part in both competitions sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
Participating nations had one delegate each during the opening ceremonies, accompanied by a chaperone garbed in the traditional “chut thai,” or native costume, carrying a sign from where they came from.  
“It is with great pride and pleasure that we welcome all the gymnasts and officials participating in this great event,” Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, said in his opening address.
He cited the Gymnastics Association of Thailand in its effort of developing the dynamic and attractive Olympic sport in the country by “securing the honor of being the host of these prestigious tournaments. I wish both competitions great success,” and formally declaring the championships open.
For his part, Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, GAT President, expressed his appreciation in securing both government and private support in hosting both the Asian Seniors and Asian Juniors tournaments.
Pratanasak outlined the GAT’s aims in conducting both events: encourage more Thais to take part in gymnastics, raise the standards of local judges, showcase the country’s ability to stage big international sports events and boost the Thailand’s income through sports tourism.
He also thanked the tireless efforts of the GAT staff and personnel in making the event successful.
Also present during the occasion was AGU Secretary General Mohammad Saeed of Qatar and Chatichai Payuhanaveechai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Government Savings Bank, a major sponsor of the event.
To literally light up the festivities, Swetharun and Pratanasak both touched a huge transparent globe, triggering a kaleidoscope of sounds and colors that filled the arena, and paved the way for an impressive tableau to cap the program.
Wowing the crowd, the presentation featured  young boys and girls  wearing bright sequined tights and skirts doing calisthenics, followed by teeners doing ethnic dances in dynamic “gymnastics” fashion and a mock battle in muay thai, or kick boxing, Thailand’s popular and ethnic combat sport.
 
OPENING ADDRESS:  Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, delivers the opening address at the start of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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WELCOME REMARKS: Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, Gymnastics Association of Thailand President, welcomes the participants at the start of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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APPRECIATION AWARD: : Lt. Cmdr. Srayuth Pratanasak RTN, Gymnastics Association of Thailand President, (left) presents a plaque o appreciation to Pongpanu Swetharun, Permament Secretary of Ministry of Tourism and Sport, for gracing the opening  rites of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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MAJOR SPONSOR:   Chatichai Payuhanaveechai, President and Chief Executive Officer of Government Savings Bank, whose company is a major sponsor of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand. (opening cere 6 pix)
PARTICIPANTS:  Participants listen during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
OPENING RITES SHOW: Part of the colorful show during the opening ceremonies of the 7th Asian Seniors and 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships being held at the Nimibtur Gymnasium in Bangkok, Thailand.
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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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AGU Office, BANGKOK (THA) May 16, 2017: China began its campaign in the 14th Asian Junior Gymnastics Championships with a bang, sweeping both girls individual and team all-around golds at the Nimibtur Gymnasium inside the sprawling Thai National Stadium Sports Complex here on Tuesday.
Anchored by newcomer Chen Yile, who tallied an individual high of 55.00 points, the Chinese captured the team championship with an imposing score of 161.10 points in the tournament sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.
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They finished nearly eight points ahead of runner-up Japan (153.35), which narrowly took the silver over bronze medalist South Korea (153.00).
Japanese  Chiaki Hatakeda and Mana Oguchi settled for the individual all-around silver and bronze medal with scores of 51.90 and 51.70 points, respectively, in the competition using the  $50,000 computerized scoring system of  the Gymnastics Association of Thailand.
AGU Secretary General  Mohammad Saeed of Qatar awarded the team medals while Syrian’s Rima Kizilgun, the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee President, did the same for the individual winners.
“I am very happy because this is my first international tournament and I was able to win golds,” said  Chen,15,  who began her gymnastics career at the tender age of eight years old, through an interpreter of her surprisingly strong performance.
Chen was a picture of precocious poise and precision on the uneven bars for the highest individual score of 14.05 points. Her other scores were 13.75 in the vault, 13.80 in the balance beam and 13.40 in the floor exercise.
The Guangzou City native can boost her gold-medal collection as she and teammate Zhu Ruiyu, who finished sixth overall with 50.85 points, will advance to the individual apparatus finals of the Asian Juniors  on Thursday.
“We hope we can continue our strong performance in the boys competitions tomorrow (Wednesday),” said a Chinese team spokesperson.
Scheduled on Wednesday will be the juniors boys individual and all-around finals.
Among the gymnasts to watch is Filipino Carlos Yulo, who has been training intensively for nearly a year in the Japan national gymnastics training center in Tokyo.
Known as the “Tiny Twister,” Yulo bagged a gold medal in the rings on top of two silvers and a bronze medal in the prestigious Voronin Cup held in Moscow, Russia last December.  
Captions:
ASIAN JUNIORS GIRLS TEAM GOLD MEDALISTS:  Members of the Chinese team, led by girls individual all-around individual champion Chen Yile (fourth from left), proudly display the gold medals they won for winning the team all-around event in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. (team China pix)
ASIAN JUNIORS SILVER MEDALISTS: Japanese team members display their silver medals for placing second in the team  ll-around event  in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
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ASIAN JUNIORS BRONZE MEDALISTS: South Korean team members display their bronze medals for taking third place in the team all-around event in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.
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INDIVIDUAL ALL-AROUND WINNERS:  Individual all-around girls gold medalist China Chen Yile (center) is flanked by Japan’s Chiaki Hatakeda (left) and Mana Oguchi, who settled for the silver and bronze medal, respectively, in  in the 14th Asian Juniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
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WINNING FORM: Individual all-around girls gold medalist Chen Yile of China shows off her dazzling form in the floor exercise. 
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SOARING SHOWING: Japan’s Chiaki Hatakeda, the girls all-around silver medalist, soars through the air in the balance beam.
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Rhythmic gymnast Minagawa ends Japan’s 42-year wait https://t.co/jp24b4ge0y
Singapore Gymnastics President Choy Kah Kin stays optimistic https://t.co/PtNnZX8Pni
Malaysia share men’s pommel horse gold https://t.co/A0seRgPaqe

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