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Montreal (Canada): Japan’s Mai Murakami leads the women's all-around qualifications at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships here on Wednesday.
Murakami, with an overall score of 55.933, is among seven others hoping to succeed current world champion Simone Biles, who is not taking part at the Worlds.
Ragan Smith of the United States finished second with 55.932 points followed by Canada's Ellie Black scored 55.766 in the all-around standings.
Murakami, who finished fourth on the floor exercise at the 2013 edition, had a flawless performance on any of the four apparatus.
The 21-year-old’s best performances came on balance beam and floor, the events where she will get another chance to medal during apparatus finals.
Smith had a difficult outing and lost her rhythm on uneven bars and beam, but consolidated her position behind Murakami with the best score on floor.
Meanwhile, China’s Fan Yilin is favourite to defend her crown in uneven bars.
A leader among the great Chinese specialists of uneven bars, the 17-year-old is known for her complex combinations and breath-taking precision, and she will be hoping to defend her title in style.

Montreal (Canada): After the early exit of Kohei Uchimura following an ankle injury on Monday at the qualifications, the world awaits to see a new individual All-around champion at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships here on Thursday.
Fondly called as ‘King Kohei’, the Japanese was forced to abandon his quest for a seventh consecutive title, and now all eyes will be on a young generation of gymnasts during the finals.
The 28-year-old, who began his competition on rings, hurt himself landing his vault. He performed on parallel bars, but didn’t take part in the horizontal bar.
Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev, fifth in qualification, will be one of the strongest contenders.  But he will face a stiff challenge from Cuba's Manrique Larduet, who finished behind Uchimura at the Glasgow edition two years back.
Russia's David Belyavskiy, who finished fourth in Rio, will also be in the fray with the new guard, led by China's Xiao Ruoteng and Japan's Kenzo Shirai, who, however, is a floor and vault specialist.
Verniaiev may have a bright chance as he is quite strong on parallel bars, which earned him gold in Rio.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: After a devastating injury that left her leg barely held together, Angel Wong Hiu-Ying’s indomitable spirit saw her return to action at the recent China National Games in Tianjen.
The Hong Kong gymnast tore four major knee ligaments which had left her devastated.
But the 30-year-old is now preparing herself for the next year’s Asian Games.
“I didn’t go there to win medals. I wanted to get back to the field and get a feeling of the competition,” Wong was quoted as saying in South China Morning Post.
“The Tianjin event reminded me of a similar occasion when I walked into the O2 Arena representing Hong Kong at the 2012 London Games. Both meant so such to me.”
Hong Kong’s top gymnast for almost a decade before her injury, she was a bronze medallist at the 2011 World University Games in Shenzhen, and the first Hong Kong gymnast to reach the Olympics.
Interestingly, she has a balance beam move named after her by FIG, world governing body.
Her dream to participate in the second Olympic Games lay shattered in 2015 following a fall from the asymmetric bars, tearing all the major ligaments in her left knee – medial and lateral, and both cruciates.
With the bones virtually detached from each other, many didn’t give her a chance of returning.
However, Wong had proved everybody wrong when she took part in the event last week.
“My doctor told me after the second surgery that he didn’t want to give me any false hope as it would be very difficult for me to get back to competition at the highest level,” said Wong.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation (KGF) recently conducted an eight-day common training camp for WAG coaches in Almaty.
The programme, attended by coaches from six countries, was held under the aegis of the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU).
The first day was devoted to the basics of training while the technique and methods of teaching acrobatic elements were taught to the coaches on the second day while the trampoline training was done on the third day.
At the end of the camp, KGF Secretary Aigul Dukenbayeva gave away the certificates to all participants.
“The camp was very productive. All the trainers showed a keen interest in learning the new methods,” said Dukenbayeva. “I also thank the AGU President Abdulrahman Al Shathri for given us the opportunity to hold this coaching programme which helps a lot to develop the sport.”
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Vietnam picked up the men’s and women’s individual gold in the Sixth Asian Aerobic Gymnastics Championships, which was held at the Buyant-Ukhaa Sport Complex in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, from September 12-18.
Held under the aegis of AGU for the first time in Mongolia, the Asian Aerobic Gymnastics Championships was sponsored by 20 domestic companies.
Over 210 athletes from 10 countries competed in the tournament in three age categories of 12 to 14, 15-17 and above 18 in the divisions of individual women, individual men, mixed pairs, trios, groups, step and dance.
Gia Bao Hoang claimed the men’s gold with 19.650 points while Thao Yen Phan won the women’s title.
Chinbat Batbuyan of the host finished second (18.600) followed by South Korea’s Tae Ho Park (18.000) in the men’s category
Khanhlinh Nguyen, also of Vietnam, and Korea’s Geun Na Park completed the podium in women’s competition.
Vietnam’s Gia Bao Hoang/Vo Quynh Nhu Nguyen and Linh Chi Pham/Giang Nam Tran won the mixed pair gold and silver while Mongolia’s Batkhuu Otgonzul and Chinbat Batbuyan came third.
In the age-group trio final, Vietnam’s Vo Quynh Nhu Nguyen, Trinh Hong Phu Thai, Ngoc Diem Hang Truong won the gold followed by compatriots Khanhlinh Nguyen, Linh Chi Pham and Giang Nam Tran. Mongolia’s Jargalsaikhan Azjargal, Bayarbaatar Ariunzul and Batkhuu Otgonzul took the bronze.
Hong Kong’s Li Siu Ling won the individual women’s age-group title followed by Vietnam’s Khanhlinh Nguyen and India’s Aliha Pangambam.
China (19 athletes), India (21), Japan (15), South Korea (15), the Philippines (10), Iran (8), Uzbekistan (6) while the hosts fielded 70 athletes followed Vietnam with 31.
The organisers invited Sergio Garcia Alcazar, President of the FIG Aerobic Gymnastics Technical Committee, Pradhan Dhruba Bahadur, Vice President of the Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), Tammy Yagi Kitagawa, AGU Technical Committee President.
B Lhagvajav, President of the Mongolian Gymnastics Federation, headed the tournament's organization committee.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: Carlos Yulo of the Philippines won the vault gold at the International Junior Gymnastics Competition in Yokohama last week.
A two-time Palarong Pambansa champion, the 17-year-old focused on two of the six events to conserve his strength for the vault and floor.
Yulo skipped the pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar, but won the eight-man vault final and claimed the silver medal in floor to establish himself as a serious medal contender at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
Gymnasts from Japan, UK, USA, Brazil, Australia, New Zealand, Russia, Canada, Ukraine, China and Singapore also took part in the competition.
Following Yulo’s impressive show, the Gymnastics Association of the Philippines wants to send him to the Teikyo University in Tokyo.
“I’m trying to get a sponsor for him as we plan to transfer him to Teikyo where the gymnastics program is one of the world’s best but it will cost about P900,000 a year,” GAP President Cynthia Carrion said in an interview to  “He competed in only two apparatus because of his injured shoulder but he still took a gold and a silver.”
Yulo couldn’t compete at the recent SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur because he is under-age.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: The Kazakhstan Gymnastics Federation hosted the 10th Acrobatic Gymnastics Asian Championships in Almaty from September 17-19.
Besides the host nation, gymnasts from China, Iran, DPR Korea, Uzbekistan, India, Tajikstan and Hong Kong took part in the three-day competition.
The event was held in the men’s and women’s Pairs and Group Balance, and Mixed Pairs Dynamic.
China had won the overall senior title with seven medals when they hosted the previous edition in Linan, Xianyou, but they had finished second behind Kazakhstan in the junior category. 


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