China seek to lord 7th Asian Seniors, 14th Asian Juniors artistic gymnastics championships in Bangkok
After a lackluster showing in the last year’s Rio Olympic Games where they failed to capture a gold medal, the Chinese “are sending their first team to our events here,” according to Asian Gymnastics Union Technical Manager Anis Saoud in an interview on Monday
“Maybe they want all of the gold medals here,” Saoud noted.
China is also bidding to bounce back from its runner-up finish in the Asian Seniors edition held in Hiroshima, Japan in 2015 when it went home with five gold, five silver and three bronze medals behind overall champion Japan, which had an 8-7-3 tally.
The Chinese have a full complement of five athletes in the men’s and women’s divisions of both the Asian Seniors and Asian juniors competitions held one after the other for the first time in this “Land of Smiles.”
Both tournaments have drawn a record number of participating countries and participants, with the Asian Seniors attracting 20 countries and 135 gymnasts and the Asian Juniors 23 countries and 151 athletes.
Aside from China and Japan, also competing in the Asian Seniors are the countries of Indonesia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Iran, Jordan, Japan, Kazakhstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese-Taipei, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
In the Asian Juniors, the other countries vying are Cambodia, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, South Korea, Malaysia, Philippines, North Korea, Qatar, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Thailand, Chinese-Taipei, Uzbekistan and Vietnam.
Making its debut in both competitions is Turkmenistan: two women in the Asian Seniors and five boys and one girl in the Asian Juniors, respectively.
Gymnastics action opens with the Asian Juniors on Tuesday at 3 p.m. with two gold medals up for grabs in the girl’s team and individual events.
Competition will be suspended 5:15 p.m. to give way to the opening ceremonies, followed by the awarding rites for winners in the team and individual all-around events.
On Wednesday will be the boys team and all-around competitions while Asian Juniors individual apparatus finals for both girls and boys will the following day.
Monday was training day for all of the gymnasts taking part in both tournaments as well as the technical briefing of judges for both men’s artistic gymnastics and women’s artistic gymnastics.
- 15 May 2017
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