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Doha (QAT), AGU Office: China dominated on the first day finals at the Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Friday, winning three of the first four titles at stake in men and women trampoline and women’s tumbling.
Following their impressive show at the 2012 Games in London, Dong Dong, Tu Xiao and Gao Lei and Xiao Jinyu stormed into the final as favorites.
But their road to glory wasn’t a walk in the park as they had to overcome stiff challenge from the Russians Dmitrii Ushakov, Sergei Azarian, Andrey Yudin, and Mikhail Melnik.
Ushakov ended up with the best score to put tremendous pressure on Gao, the last competitor. However, the reigning world champion pipped the Russians by a final margin of less than 0.3 points to help China reclaim the world title they had lost to Belarus in 2015. 
Japan (Daiki Kishi, Masaki Ito, Ryosuke Sakai and Ginga Munetomo) completed the podium.
Chinese women also had their share of glory when 2014 champion Liu Lingling and Youth Olympic champion Zhu Xueying, along with Zhong Xingping and Zhu Shouli produced a show of class to defend the title and overall sixth since 2005.
Belarusians Tatsiana Piatrenia, Hanna Harchonak, Maryia Makharynskaya and Anhelina Khatsian collected silver while Great Britain (Laura Gallagher, Isabelle Songhurst and Katherine Driscoll) finished third.
Meanwhile, China made it a four in a row in tumbling thanks to three¬-time world champion Jia Fangfang, who along with Chen Ling, Chen Lingxi and Zhu Shouli outshone Great Britain and France.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s Dong Dong, who shares the record for most World medals in Individual Trampoline by winning six times with Alexander Moskalenko, may surpass the Russian if the 2012 Olympic champion wins the title at the 2017 Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, which starts on Thursday.
Interestingly, the competition is expected to be tight in the Chinese team, which boasts the last three world champions in Dong (2013), Tu Xiao (2014) and Gao Lei (2015), but it is Belarus’s Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou will be the man to beat.
Fresh off their second title at The World Games in Wroclaw, Poland, Dong and Tu will also be competing for a fifth world crown in synchronised trampoline. The duo has four titles under their belt, same as Moskalenko.
 
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Japan’s double Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, whose six consecutive World All-around titles constitute an unprecedented feat in the sport, is the Longines’ newest Ambassador for Elegance.
Nicknamed ‘King Kohei’, the super star of modern artistic gymnastics, however, failed to retain the world all-around title after he bowed out at this year’s World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last month due to injury.
His performances on the floor has given the reigning Olympic champion a place of pride among his contemporaries.
Longines has always held him high for his top-notch performances at the three consecutive Worlds in 2011, 2013 and 2014 respectively and, no wonder its special jury selected him to receive its prestigious Prize for Elegance.
The 28-year-old’s absence at the last month’s FIG World Championships did take the sheen off the competition, but the Asians wrapped up all the medals, with Uchimura’s compatriot Kenzo Shirai winning the bronze while China’s Xiao Ruoteng and Lin Chaopan won the gold and silver respectively.
 
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Gymnastics Association of the Philippines (GAP) hosted the FIG Artistic Coaching Academy level 1 course in Manila, from October 17-24.
A total of 41 participants from 11 countries took part in the programme, which was held under the joint collaboration of FIG and Asian Gymnastics Union.
11 coaches from the host country along with trainers from Vietnam, Indonesia, Singapore, India, Iran, South Korea, Japan, Nepal, Cambodia, Sri Lanka and Jordan participated while FIG experts Tammy Johnson, Peggy Liddick and Takashi Kobayashi conducted the week-long course.
The main target of such programmes is to help the national federations invite aspiring coaches, who can produce gymnasts.
“We were able to field in 11 coaches to this academy. It was a great help in cost savings since we hosted it and thereby allowed more local coaches to benefit from this sponsored courses by FIG and AGU,” said GAP Secretary General Bettina H Pou.
“We extend our sincere thanks to FIG and AGU for allowing us to act as hosts to these academies. It helped us to improve our coaching staff and coaches who work with our associate members. The academy also helped us in making gymnastics a viable sport even for our members,” he added.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Singapore Gymnastics (SG) will conduct a selection trial on November 18 to identify talents, who can represent Singapore at major international competitions including South East Asian, Asian and Olympic Games in future.
The gymnasts will undergo a trial conducted by the national coaches and to have an understanding of each child’s aptitude and current abilities in the sport.
The selection trial is suitable for boys and girls from seven years old and above and 7-9-year-old (MAG). 
Singapore had failed to win any medal in artistic, but claimed a bronze in the rhythmic mixed apparatus (two ropes and three balls) event at the 29th SEA Games in August.
It was the first time in five editions — gymnastics was not in 2009 and 2013 editions — that Singapore didn’t win a gold, but SG President Choy Kah Kin remained positive.
“There’s a little disappointment, but they’ve really done their best,” he said.
Besides, SG is also organising a Level 1 coaching course for the beginners from December 1-10.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): China’s three-time individual World (2011, 2013 and 2015) and double The World Games (2013 & 2017) champion Jia Fangfang likely to throw a strong challenge to Russia’s reigning women tumbling world champion Anna Korobeinikova at the 32nd FIG Trampoline World Championships, which starts in Sofia, Bulgaria, on Thursday.
The 34-year-old Korobeinikova has won the world titles since 2005, but this time the Russia may face a stiff challenge from Jia.
“I’m in a good condition and feel well accustomed to the equipment and environment. I admire Anna’s accomplishments and I would like to learn from her experience and follow her,” said the Chinese, who will be aiming for nothing less than gold in both the individual and team competition.
The 23-year-old first defeated her idol at the world stage in 2011 and continued her winning streak ever since.
However, Korobeinikova fought her way back, winning world bronze at the 2015 World Championship and then claimed silver at this summer’s The World Games.
“I like Jia’s style. She has a very successful career in front of her. I know that as we get older, injuries come and it gets more difficult. It’s very important to stay fit and wish her all the best,” said Korobeinikova, who has been competing for nearly 20 years.
 
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Supported by the International Olympic Committee, the Cambodian Gymnastics Federation (CGF) recently conducted a talent-spotting trial for 30 participants in artistic gymnastics from three provinces — Kratie, Kampong Chhnang and Takeo.
“Four gymnasts from this group will go through a second trial out of which one will be selected for regional and international competition,” said CGF Secretary General Nay Phonna. “Artistic is a difficult and risky discipline and next year we’ll hold aerobic trials.”
According to the strategic plan announced by the President of the National Olympic Committee of Cambodia and CGF Chairman Thong Khon, similar trials would be held on a regular basis to spot the best and send them to train in China so that they could be better prepared for the 2023 South East Asian Games in Phnom Penh.
Cambodian gymnast Sam Rim, who participated at this year’s SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, was trained by Chinese coach Wang Yibing in Shantou.
Last year, a three-member Cambodian team of Sor Sopheng, Choeun Chanbory and Sor Sokim took part in the FIG Aerobic Gymnastics World Championships in Incheon, South Korea, signalling the CGF’s efforts to raise competitive standards.
 

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