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Doha (QATAR), AGU Office: The draw for the 2017 FIG World Artistics Championships, which will be held in Montreal, Canada, was held at the FIG headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Wednesday in the presence of Donatella Sacchi, President of the FIG Women's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee, and Jani Tanskanen, Athletes Representative for Men's Artistic Gymnastics.
The competition will take place at the iconic Olympic Stadium from October 2-8.
“The draw is the first step on the road to the countdown. All participating nations eagerly await the results as it’ll help the coaches plan training sessions, especially for those who’re coming from far away so they can adapt to the time difference,” said Sacchi.
Olympic and world champions Oleg Verniaiev (Ukraine), Max Whitlock (Great Britain), Eleftherios Petrounias (Greece), Kenzo Shirai (Japan), Epke Zonderland (the Netherlands), Arthur Zanetti (Brazil), Yang Hak-seon (South Korea), Marian Dragulescu (Romania), Denis Abliazin (Russia) and Zhang Chenglong (China) are some of the top names to participate.
“We’re starting a new Olympic cycle and the champions will probably be seen again at the Tokyo 2020 Games. This draw is the informal beginning of the Worlds,” added Arturs Mickevics, President of the Men's Artistic Gymnastics Technical Committee.
Meanwhile, all eyes will be on the Japan’s All-around world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, who six world titles and two golds at the previous two Games. He will hope to extend his domination, pushing his record for consecutive titles.
As for the women, a new world champion will emerge in the individual All-around after American Simone Biles decided to take a break from the event.
However, the attention will be on Uzbekistan’s 42-year-old Oksana Chusovitina, who is still contesting in the elite group 25 years after winning a team gold at the Barcelona Games in 1992.
Romania’s Catalina Ponor, triple Olympic gold medallist from 2004, will be another ‘veteran’ star who can throw challenge at her much younger competitors.
For the first time in its history, the tournament will feature Gymnastics Ambassadors where the winners of the individual All-around will receive gold medals from the legendary Nadia Comaneci, official spokesperson of the event, and Kyle Shewfelt, the only Canadian to have been crowned Olympic champion in Artistic Gymnastics (floor gold at the 2004 Athens Games).
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Japan’s Kaho Minagawa won the bronze in the individual hoop competition at the FIG World Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Pesaro, Italy, to become the first Japanese in 42 years to make a podium finish in an individual event.
Mitsuru Hiraguchi won a gold in the individual hoop final in 1975.
The 20-year-old, who is the current Asian Championships All-around silver medallist, trains in Novogorsk, Russia.
Minagawa, who didn’t advance to the 10-woman all-around final at the Rio Games last year, garnered 17.700 points for her routine in the final at Adriatic Arena.
Russia’s Dina Averina claimed gold (19.100) and her twin sister Arina took silver (19.000).
“I’m surprised and happy. I’m finally able to show at a competition what I’ve been practicing. This was my first medal at the worlds,” said Minagawa, who was born in Chiba.
However, she finished fifth in the individual all-around, marking the best finish in the event by a Japanese in 42 years.
In the all-around, athletes compete on the total score of hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon routines.
Minagawa earned 68.425 points and matched Yoko Morino’s fifth-place finish at the 1975 worlds.
“I was able to perform my routines without losing my concentration,” she added.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysia’s Koi Sie Yan emerged as the top star in rhythmic gymnast, winning four gold and two silver medals and helped the hosts make a clean sweep of all the six gold medals at the 29th SEA Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Yan won the hoop and clubs final, adding to the team and individual all-around gold which she won on Sunday.
“Winning at home in front of family and friends means a lot to me,” said the Kuantan-born gymnast. “I’m happy with my performance and contribute to my country’s medal haul. It wasn’t easy as I had to compete against my own team-mates.”
Team-mate Izzah Amzan came second while Thailand’s Thanyaphat Sungvornyothin took bronze.
However, Yan had to settle for a silver in ball apparatus, which was won by Amzan while Indonesian Nabila Evandestiera finished third.
The 18-year-old also picked up a silver in ribbon final, won by her team-mate Amy Kwan Dict Weng while Thailand’s Panjarat Prawatyotin came third.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Despite not winning a single gold at the 29th South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, which ended last week, the Singapore Gymnastics (SG) President Choy Kah Kin expressed satisfaction on the overall progress.

Singapore won two silvers and three bronze medals over eight days of competition at the Malaysian International Trade and Exhibition Centre, where the hosts collected 13 out of the 21 gold medals on offer.

“We’re a bit disappointed we didn’t win gold, but the gymnasts did their best,” Choy told www.todayonline.com. “They fought for every medal and given the circumstances we had, they’ve really done well.”

It was the first time in five editions that Singapore had failed to pick a gold medal.

The sport was not included in the 2009 and 2013 Games.

SG recently had recently overhauled its set up by hiring former Gymnastics Australia senior manager Karen Norden as general manager and  Olympian Lim Heem Wei (women’s artistic), Perry Koh (men’s artistic) and Choy Dian Chun (rhythmic) as sport development managers.

“We can definitely do better. We need consistency and sustainability in our programme. It’s about putting a lot of emphasis on the development of each discipline holistically and not just the gymnasts but the coaches and the judges,” added Choy, who was elected SG head in 2015.
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysia picked up their third gold in rhythmic gymnastics when Koi Sie Yan defended her individual all-around event at the 29th South East Asian (SEA) Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Sunday.
The 18-year-old produced an impeccable performance in hoop, clubs, ball and ribbon apparatus to win the title with a combined score of 63.150 points.
Compatriot Amy Kwan Dict Weng took silver (60.100) while Singapore’s Tong Kah Mun finished third (52.900).
The hosts also added the 5 hoops gold, with Amira Sofiya Amirul Fares, Chan Mei Thung, Koh Jei Yi, Tee Wei Qi, Tee Wei Wen and Thew Yue Jia tasting the success followed by Singapore and the Philippines.
 
 
AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): The Nepal Gymnastics Association (NGA) organized the Common Training Camp (GFA) Coaches from August 23-25 in Kathmandu.
The NGA President Dhruba Bahadur Pradhan, who is also an AGU Vice-President, inaugurated the opening session which was attended by the NGA office bearers.
The course, held under the aegis of Asian Gymnastics Union (AGU), was conducted by the President of AGU’s GFA Committee Tatsuo Araki.
A total of 25 coaches from, Japan, Jordan, India, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and the host nation attended the camp.
However, Afghanistan could not send their representatives at the event due to some unavoidable circumstances.
The certificates of participation were awarded to the trainers by Pradhan and Araki on the final day.
 
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AGU Media, DOHA (QAT): Malaysian women won the rhythmic gymnastics team gold at the 29th South East Asian Games in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, on Saturday.
The team of Koi Sie Yan, Amy Kwan Dict Weng and Izzah Amzan scored a combined 153.100 points for the gold.
Manatsanan Chaiteerapattarapong, Panjarat Prawatyotin, Pornchanit Junthabud and Thanyaphat Sungvornyothin guided Thailand to silver (122.550) while Singapore finished third (116.300).
Sie Yan qualified for five individual finals, followed by Amy (three ) and Izzah (two).
 
 

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