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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.”
 
 
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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 philstar.com.  “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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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 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).
 
 
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.
 
 
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.
 
 

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