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Doha (QAT), AGU Office, November 28, 2015:
China continued to dominate as finals continued at the 2015 World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships in Odense (DEN), claiming three of the six golds available Saturday evening, while Canada, Russia and the United States earned one title apiece.
 
Trampoline
Fourth Synchro title for golden boys Dong and Tu
When 2012 Olympic champion Dong Dong and 2014 World champion Tu Xiao pair up, the result has most often been a gold medal. Saturday's Men's Synchro final was no exception: Already three-time World Synchro champions (2010, 2011 and 2014), Dong and Tu bounded to a fourth World title, writing another golden chapter in their long and fruitful partnership.
Faced with the textbook performance by the excellent-under-pressure Dong and Tu, top qualifiers Sergei Azarian and Mikhail Melnik (RUS) cracked, allowing Uladzislau Hancharou and Nikolai Kazak (BLR) to jump off with silver for the second straight year.
France, having already ingested two chocolate medals in Women's Tumbling and Men's Team Trampoline, can rejoice with Sebastien Martiny and Allan Morante, who gave their countrymen something to cheer about with bronze.
There have been signs so far in Odense that the Trampoline dynasty 2012 Olympic champion Dong Dong and 2014 World champion Tu Xiao had helped build was, if not crumbling, at least getting a little rusty: After an unexpected silver medal in the men's team event and Tu's early exit from the Men's competition at the hands of a younger teammate, the duo entered Saturday's Men's Synchro final on the defensive. All that can now be counted as now water under the trampoline.
 
Golden rebound for Zhong and Li
With a routine judged the most daring as well as the most polished, Zhong Xingping and Li Dan rose easily above their competition in Women's Synchro finals. Already golden in 2009 and after silver in 2013, Zhong and Li kept the World title, won by Liu Lingling and Li Meng in 2014, under the Chinese flag. Elegant Belarussian duo Tatsiana Piatrenia and Hanna Harchonak took silver for the second consecutive year, while Ukraine's Maryna Kyiko and Nataliia Moskvina demonstrated excellent Synchronisation to earn bronze.

Tumbling
Jia makes it an individual triple
Once again, no one could touch the all-powerful Jia Fangfang (CHN), who has dominated women's Tumbling since making her World debut four years ago. After an aborted run kept the 21-year-old off the podium last year in Daytona Beach, Jia put on a tour de force in Women's final in Odense to take her third World title. Her extraordinary difficulty lifted her above Britain's Lucie Colebeck, whose silver is redemption for her own rotten day in Daytona in 2014. Multiple World champion champion Anna Korobeinikova (RUS), 32, and veteran Chen Lingxi (CHN) shared the bronze.

Russian men put on a show
China and Russia have exchanged the World title in Men's Tumbling for the past decade, but 2015 is decidedly the year of the Russians: Andrey Krylov, Tagir Murtazaev, Timofei Podust and Gregory Noskov electrified the Arena Fyn with their display of gasp-worthy aerial pyrotechnics. Russia's best came first in the lineup in the form of 2007 World champion Krylov, back after serving a two-year suspension for ingesting the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine. 2009 World champion Murtazaev and Timofei Podust also did their part to keep the team gold in Russia.
China's lineup included reigning World champion Yang Song, but even he couldn't make up for teammate Meng Wenchao's fall. China (Yang, Meng, Liu Longji and Zhang Kuo) salvaged silver based on the difficulty of their passes, while Britain (Kristof Willerton, Michael Barnes, Elliott Browne and Abdullah Izzidien) won bronze, repeating their result from 2013.
 
Double Mini-trampoline
Gold -- finally! -- for Austin White
With three individual World silver medals already among his collection, 27-year-old Austin White finally hit the jackpot Saturday. The Californian did everything he could in his two passes, which left the public breathless, not only because White threw triple saltos like they were nothing but because he landed them like a cat. Even double World champion Mikhail Zalomin (2013-2014) wasn't able to match White, and left with silver this year. Australia's Matthew Weal played it safe with two less spectacular exercises but his high execution score in both won him the bronze over daredevil Daniel Perez (ESP), who threw a rare quadruple salto but put his hands down on the landing.
 
Women's Team competition: Oh, Canada!
In a close final, 17-year-old Danielle Gruber asserted herself to give Canada (Gruber, Arden Oh, Tamara O'Brien and Karine Dufour) the gold medal that eluded them two years ago in Sofia. The Canadian women's team continued its decade-long presence on the podium in Double Mini, as the defending champion American women (Tristan van Natta, Paige Howard, Kristle Lowell and Erin Jauch) settled for bronze. The British (Kirsty Way, Sapphire Dallard et Jasmin Short) sandwiched between the North Americans, giving their country its first ever medal in Women's Team Double Mini.

 

Doha (QAT) AGU Office, November 26, 2015: During the week of November 11 and 18, 2015, the Gymnastics Federation of Qatar hosted a Level 2 Academy for Men’s and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics. It was the fifth time that Qatar has hosted an FIG Academy and followed immediately after a Level 2 Academy for men in Saudi Arabia. This Academy was hosted in the new Qatar Gymnastics Center in the capital city of Doha.

Eighteen coaches attended the Academy from ten different federations – Egypt, France, Indonesia, India, Iran, Jordan, Lebanon, Philippines, South Africa and Yemen. In addition, a coach from Palestine attended full time as an observer. Uniquely, this was the first time in 212 Academies that the host federation did not register any of its own citizens. Qatar has many foreign coaches working within its borders and many of them attended instead. Eight of the coaches were there for men’s Gymnastics and ten for women.
The course leader was Chris Evans (right) of Great Britain who is an osteopath and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics coach and has served as FIG expert at numerous Academies. He taught all of the theory lectures. Joining him for the practical lectures was Rick McCharles (left) of Canada. Rick is a well-known and enthusiastic Gymnastics educator and coaching blogger. He has served as a FIG expert at many Age Group Training Camps in the past year. Both Chris and Rick travelled directly from the Academy that finished in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia only one day earlier. They were joined by frequent Academy and Age Group expert, Lilia Ortiz Lopéz of Mexico. She taught all of the women’s apparatus as well as choreography and music lectures.

The examination results the two-part examination that includes a theory examination and a practical examination involving the teaching of a Men’s or Women’s Artistic Gymnastics skill. Ranged greatly from 50% to 93%. The highest result for men and for the course overall was achieved by Cyril Zamora of France. The second and third highest results both went to women’s Gymnastics coaches – Maria Barakat of Jordan and Anna Francesca Cruz of the Philippines respectively.

The quality of the organisation and facility was excellent. Most of the organisational work and advance preparation was handled by Anis Saoud the Qatar gymnastics High Performance Manager. Thanks and congratulations go to the Qatar Gymnastics Federation and its President Ali Al-Hitmi and his team of workers, translators and gymnasts for organising such a successful FIG Academy.

Doha (QAT), AGU Office, November 1, 2015: The 46th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships concluded Sunday in Glasgow with new tours de force by Simone Biles and Kohei Uchimura, the queen and king of the individual All-around, each of whom now counts 10 World gold medals to their illustrious names.
 
Biles most golden of all time at Worlds
At just 18, Simone Biles is now the most golden female gymnast ever in World competition: Having already won the All-around and gold with the U.S. team earlier this week, Biles added golds on Balance Beam and Floor Exercise Sunday to her vast collection of World titles, bringing her total to 10 overall.
With her ninth and 10th victories at the world level, Biles surpassed the record previously held by greats Svetlana Khorkina, Larisa Latynina and Gina Gogean for most gold medals won by a woman in World Championship competition.
In a Beam final in which half the field fell, a clean set from Biles was all it took to keep her world title on the event, a full point above Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands. On Floor, Biles killed the suspense almost immediately, her superior difficulty and signature tumbling line lifting the smiling Texan above her high-flying competition. 2011 World Floor champion Ksenia Afanasyeva of Russia was the only gymnast who came close to challenging, finishing seven tenths behind, while Biles's teammate Maggie Nichols took bronze.
 
Uchimura, the gold standard
Already golden with the Japanese men's team and in the Men's All-around for the sixth straight World Championships, Kohei Uchimura's midas touch continued as he too won the 10th World gold of his celebrated career. After finishing third in 2011 and 2013 and second last year on High Bar, Uchimura finally scaled the top of the podium on one of his best events. Impeccable to the tips of his toes, he topped American Danell Leyva, who hit the routine of his life to finish just 0.133 behind, and Cuba's Manrique Larduet, who won bronze. Already considered the greatest gymnast of all time, Uchimura departs Glasgow with three World titles, two of which (team and High Bar) he has never won before.
 
"Dragulescuing" pays off for Dragulescu
The challenge was simple: Beat Marian Dragulescu at his own game. Competing at Worlds for the first time in four years, the master of the famous Vault that bears his name (two front flips with a half twist) returned for a round of "can-you-stick-this-better-than-I-can" in finals. Fourteen years after the Romanian won his first World title, only one person could: Dragulescu was edged by a mere 0.05 by reigning World champion Ri Se Gwang. In taking the gold, Ri, an innovator himself, performed his own siganture Vault (two backflips off the horse with a full twist). For good measure, he also threw a Dragulescu Vault of his own, this one in the piked position, even harder than the original.
 
Parallel Bars gold passes again under the yoke of the Chinese
Six of the past 10 World champions on Parallel Bars have held a Chinese passport, and You Hao once again put China's seal on the event. After a superbly performed exercise with the highest difficulty component of any gymnast in the final, You succeeded in dethroning 2014 World champion Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine. After winning every competition he's entered this year, Verniaiev, fourth in the Men's All-around and on Vault, leaves with a single silver medal. In tying Azerbaijan's Oleg Stepko, China's Deng Shudi took bronze, his third of the competition.
 
Olympic qualifiers
By dint of their medals Sunday, the following gymnasts have earned indivdual places to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games, provided their teams do not qualify to the Games at the Rio Test Event in April: Marian Dragulescu (ROU, silver on Men's Vault), Pauline Schaefer (GER, bronze on Balance Beam) and Oleg Verniaiev (UKR, silver on Parallel Bars).
The following gymnasts, whose teams it has already been determined will not compete in Rio, advance directly to the Games: Manrique Larduet (CUB, bronze on High Bar), Ri Se Gwang (PRK, gold on Men's Vault) and Oleg Stepko (AZE, bronze on Parallel Bars).
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Doha (QAT), AGU Office, November 25, 2015: The 2015 World Trampoline Gymnastics Championships begin Thursday in Odense (DEN), promising a high-flying spectacle where berths for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio and The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw (POL) will be up for grabs.
A record 344 athletes representing 40 nations from Argentina to Venezuela have registered to compete for the 14 World titles to be awarded in Individual and Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-mini.

With 205 gymnasts (123 men and 82 women) scheduled to compete in the Individual competition, participation in Trampoline Gymnastics has reached new heights with the Odense Worlds, signalling a burgeoning interest in the discipline, which has been part of the Olympic programme since 2000.
Best-on-the-planet bragging rights are only part of the story in Odense, hometown of the famous storyteller Hans Christian Andersen. For the top gymnasts, Sunday's final will mark the beginning of their own Olympic fairy tale. The top eight gymnasts in Men's and Women's Individual Trampoline competition will earn their countries a spot in the 16-gymnast field at next summer's Rio Games. Thirteen other men and women will advance to Olympic Test Event to be held April 20, the second and final opportunity for gymnasts to qualify for the Games.
Three Olympic champions - Dong Dong (CHN, 2012), He Wenna (CHN, 2008) and Rosannagh MacLennan (CAN, 2012) -- will contend for the Individual titles in Odense. They will be joined in the podium race by reigning World champions Tu Xiao (CHN) and Liu Lingling (CHN) and former Olympic medallists Jason Burnett (CAN), Dmitry Ushakov (RUS), Karen Cockburn (CAN) and Ekaterina Khilko (UZB).

The competition is no less important for gymnasts in the non-Olympic disciplines of Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-mini. For them, the Odense Worlds are the only opportunity to qualify for The World Games 2017 in Wroclaw (POL), the quadrennial Olympic-style competition for non-Olympic disciplines.
In Synchronised Trampoline, Tumbling and Double-mini, the top eight countries from the qualification round will advance to The World Games. The last two places will be attributed by the FIG Executive and Trampoline Technical Committee, taking into account host country and continental representation requirements.

For the past 15 years, Odense has hosted several big Trampoline events, including the 2001 World Championships. "Odense is a sports city that obviously likes to bounce!" declared Slava Corn, Vice President of the FIG. "When we came here 14 years ago, Trampoline had just made its Olympic debut in Sydney 2000. These Championships in 2015 are the biggest yet and the first major stop on the road to the Rio Olympic Games."
"This is the fifth time in a generation that Trampoline athletes have come to compete in Odense," said Flemming Knudsen, President of the Danish Gymnastics Federation. "Hosting events like the 2001 Worlds and FIG Trampoline World Cups have allowed us to develop the sport in our country while displaying Danish gymnastics on an international level."
"Hosting the largest World Championships in the history of the discipline is a great honor for us, since we constantly work to attract great international sports events that give us a chance to tell the story about our transformation into a vibrant and modern city," added Anker Boye, Mayor of Odense.

Competition in Odense begins Thursday with the beginning of the qualification rounds. The first finals will be held Friday evening in the presence of Prince Frederik of Denmark, who is scheduled to present the gold medals.

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Doha (QAT), AGU Office, October 31, 2015: Unprecedented: A 4-way tie for gold on Uneven Bars
It was an Uneven Bars final worth its weight in gold: For the first time in the history of the sport, four gymnasts -- China's Fan Yilin, Russians Viktoria Komova and Daria Spiridonova and American Madison Kocian -- tied for the World title. Each of the four scored 15.366, setting the SSE Hydro crowd buzzing and tripling the duration of the awards ceremony.
Fan, Komova, Spiridonova and Kocian will forever be linked in the annals of Women's Gymnastics, which has never seen anything like this. Ties for gold at Worlds have been more frequent in Men's Gymnastics, including three-way splits on Pommel Horse in 1903 and 1992, and on High Bar in 1922. Five gymnasts tied for silver on Parallel Bars in 1922.
 
The first king of Britain
Since Beth Tweddle became the British women's first World champion in 2006, the British men have been waiting for the gymnast who would win them a world crown as well. It came to an end Saturday as Max Whitlock spun his way to the Pommel Horse title, besting teammate Louis Smith by a mere tenth of the point. The two 2012 Olympic Pommel Horse medallists thus combined to produce their country's best ever result in Gymnastics: British gymnasts on the first and second steps of the podium.
If anything helped Whitlock and Smith on Pommel Horse, it was the absence of reigning World and Olympic champion Krisztian Berki of Hungary, who did not qualify for the medal round. With a gold, three silvers and a bronze already in their pockets, Glasgow 2015 has is already Great Britain's most successful World Championships. It's not over yet, either: The British will have three more chances to medal tomorrow on the second day of finals.
 
Russia returns to the top
After failing to earn medals in team finals and the All-around competition, 2012 Olympic Vault bronze medallist Maria Paseka revived the Russian women with gold on Vault, her country's first on the event since 2002. Paseka also deprived 2008 Olympic Vault champion Hong Un Jong of a second consecutive World title: the two competed the same vaults, though Paseka's superior execution made the difference. Minutes later, during the incredible Uneven Bars final, Komova and Spiridonova earned Russia another two golds.
 
The rebound of Mr. Twist
Even in the absence of Kohei Uchimura, the Japanese hit parade continued Saturday, with twisting sensation Kenzo Shirai regaining the World Floor title he won in 2013. As Shirai slayed the audience and judges by nailing his quadruple twist final pass to win his second gold of this championships, Great Britain's Max Whitlock was no less happy in silver, while Spain's Rayderley Zapata won bronze.
 
One more for Biles
Already golden in the team and All-around finals, American Simone Biles gave herself one more reason to smile, adding the bronze on Vault to her growing medal collection. The medal is Biles's 12th at a World Championships, breaking the American record she set earlier this week.

Olympic qualifiers
Medallists from individual apparatus event finals in Glasgow advance directly to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, provided their teams do not qualify. Ergo, Eleftherios Petrounias (GRE, gold on Still Rings), Hong Un Jong (PRK, silver on Women's Vault) and Harutyun Merdinyan (ARM, bronze on Pommel Horse), all gymnasts whose teams did not compete at this World Championships, have qualified as individuals to next summer's Olympics.
Rayderley Zapata (ESP, bronze on Men's Floor) can also sleep easily, knowing that his place at the Games is secure as well, even if the Spanish men don't qualify a team to Rio at April's Olympic Test Event.

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Doha Qatar AGU Office 22 November 2015: The Korea Gymnastics Association will host the 2016 Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships and World Age Group Competitions, which will take place in Incheon, Korea's third largest city. The World Championships will be contested from June 17-19 and World Age Group Competitions June 13-15, 2016, respectively.
Incheon has an excellent history of hosting first-class sporting events, including the 2014 Asian Games, the second largest multisporting event after the Olympic Games. The 2016 Aerobic Worlds will be held at the Namdong Gymnasium, the same venue that hosted gymnastics at the 2014 Games.

Korea established itself as a World power in Aerobic Gymnastics almost from the inception of the sport as an FIG discipline. It's most successful Aerobic gymnast, Park Kwang-Soo, won a total of seven medals, three of them gold, in World competition between 1995 and 2000.

After a medal drought that lasted most of the first decade of the century, Korea burst back onto the world scene in 2012 when Ryu Jusun, Lee Kyung Ho and Kim Guontaeck tied powerhouse China for World gold in Trio competition. Korea's Trio followed up with a bronze medal performance in 2014, where Korea also took bronze in the newly established Aerobic Dance category.

Aerobic World Championships take place every two years, and the FIG is thrilled to bring them to Asia for the second time, following the 2006 edition in Nanjing (CHN). World titles in seven Aerobic categories will be up for grabs in Incheon, including: Men's and Women's Individual, Mixed Pairs, Trio, Group, Aerobic Step and Aerobic Dance. More than 300 athletes from at least 30 countries are expected to participate in 2016.

The World Age Group competitions, a competition for top flight gymnasts who are not yet age-eligible to compete in the senior division, offers an exciting look at the stars of Aerobic Gymnastics of tomorrow.

Doha (QAT), AGU Office, October 30, 2015: Since being crowned World champion for the first time in 2009, no one has been able to impede the royal march of Kohei Uchimura. Nobody did Friday night in Glasgow either, as the Japanese gymnast many call the greatest ever won his sixth consecutive World All-around title. Including the Olympic title he won in 2012, Uchimura has now dominated World competition for seven straight years.
Liberated by the Japanese men's victory in the team competition for the first time in 37 years Wednesday night, Uchimura sailed through the Men's All-around final, smiling and pumping his fists after each hit routine. Overall, he accumulated 92.332 points, a comfortable 1.634 ahead of the rest of the pack.
With his unique mix of power, elegance, fluidity and catlike stuck landings on his dismounts, Uchimura at times seemed to come close to the thing he seeks above all: perfection. With his high-flying performance on High Bar -- and stuck landing on his dismount -- he broke his own record for consecutive wins at Worlds. Normally reserved, he acknowledged the occasion by counting to six with his fingers in front of the camera.
"Throughout the competition I felt very strong emotions," Uchimura said. "I have not been thinking about the number of medals. I just thought about the quality of my performance. In competition, I think about how I can move the audience with my gymnastics."
In the same manner that he crushed the competition in the runup to the London Olympics, the 26-year-old has dominated the pre-Rio cycle. If all continues to go well, he will arrive in Brazil nine months from now the favorite to defend the Olympic title he won in 2012.
Uchimura already has 18 World medals, including nine gold. But before he can start thinking about another Olympics, there is still a small business matter to attend to: the High Bar final, to be held Sunday afternoon in Glasgow.
 
Seven years of domination
In 2009, Uchimura won his first World title, beating Britain's Daniel Keatings by 2.575 points (91.500-88.925).
In 2010, Uchimura won his second World title, beating Germany's Philipp Boy by 2.283 points (92.331-90.048).
In 2011, Uchimura won his third World title, beating Boy again by 3.101 (93.631-90.530).
In 2012, Uchimura won his first Olympic All-around title, beating Germany's Marcel Nguyen by 1.659 points (92.690-91.031).
In 2013, Uchimura won his fourth World title, beating Japan's Ryohei Kato by 1.958 points (91.990-90.032).
In 2014, Uchimura won his fifth World title, beating Britain's Max Whitlock by 1.492 points (91.965-90.473).
In 2015, Uchimura won his sixth World title, defeating Cuba's Manrique Larduret by 1.634 points (92.332-90.698).
 
Manrique Larduet, the Cuban surprise
After several years' absence, Cuba made a big return to the World stage with the talented Manrique Larduet. Just 19 years old and with few international competitions under his belt, Larduet proved himself stronger than every other gymnast save Uchimura Friday night. In clinching the silver, the powerful Larduet showed the form and sangfroid of a champion, calmly hitting every routine. If anything, the Pan American Games silver medallist was too powerful -- during his Floor routine, he seemed to be landing on a trampoline. With a stronger exercise on Pommel Horse, he might have challenged Uchimura more. "I am really proud to represent my country and to be with these amazing gymnasts," Larduet said. "I'm also really proud to win this medal for my country." Fourteen years after Cuba's first World medals in Men's Gymnastics, the country has a new star.
 
China's Deng pops in for bronze
If Larduet's silver was unexpected, so too was Deng Shudi's bronze, which made him the first Chinese man to mount the podium in World All-around competition since 2007. Though solid everywhere, Deng was spectacular only on Parallel Bars, where he attained the second highest score of any competitor. In a competition where steadiness over six pieces serves a gymnast better than flash on a few, the fact that Deng didn't fall and others did helped him clinch a medal when all was said and done. "I have made my aims come true," said Deng, who also won bronze with the Chinese team. "But I still have a lot of work to do in order to increase my skills. We want to have better results in the team finals."
 
For Verniaiev and Whitlock, disappointment
Much to the disappointment of the pro-British crowd that had hoped to see one of their gymnasts mount the podium again, 2014 World silver medallist Max Whitlock took himself out of contention with a fall from the High Bar on his penultimate event. Billed as the only man with the potential to knock Uchimura from the top place on the podium, a stumble on Floor and a fall on Pommel Horse put Oleg Verniaiev in a deep hole from the beginning. The pressure off, the Ukrainian seemed to relax and delivered good scores everywhere else, particularly on Parallel Bars, where he will defend his World title this weekend. Verniaiev ended fourth, Whitlock fifth.
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