21 May, 2017

China continues to conquer 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships, bags 5 more golds

                               G       S      B       Total
China                       7       3      0         10
DPR Korea                0       2      2          7
South Korea              0       1      1          2
Hong Kong                0       1      0          1
Iran                          0       0      1          1                                                            
 Chinese-Taipei          0       0      1          1
BANGKOK (THA) – China’s national anthem was played five times in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships at the Nimibtur Gymnasium here on Saturday.
The reason was quite simple: the Chinese were all-conquering once again, gobbling all of the five gold medals at stake in the men’s and women’s division individual apparatus finals as they made this facility located inside the sprawling Thai National Stadium Complex into their virtual playground.
Xiao Ruoleng, who took the individual all-around gold last Friday, was once again at the forefront of  China’s onslaught, riding the pommel horse with his usual dynamic and athletic brilliance in ruling the event with a score of 15.125 for his second title.
Teammate Zou JIngyuan was not too far behind and copped the silver medal (14.925) while Iran’s Saeedreza Keikha rose to the occasion and gave his country the bonze (14.750) in the tournament sanctioned and organized by the Asian Gymnastics Union.

Rio Olympic Games veteran Lin Chaopan was not to be denied of a top finish this time, exhibiting both athleticism and grace in capturing the men’s floor exercise championship, also his second gold, and held off Ruoleng, who came a close second (14.65) while South Korea’s Kim Hansol had bronze (14.350).
Asian Seniors rookie Zou Jingyuan was a picture of balance, poise and power in the difficult rings event, landing with pinpoint precision on his dismount in taking the gold with 15.125 points.
Hong Kong’s lanky and well-muscled Ng Kiu Chung gave the Chinese a tough fight, doing a similarly hard routine before landing with just a slight wobble, and pumped his fist before exiting the floor. His attempt, however, fell short Xiao’s score and settled for silver (149.925).
Chinese-Taipei Chen Chih-Yu also took to the podium, scoring 14.825 for the bronze.
“I didn’t feel any pressure  although I was the second to perform on the rings,” Zou, 19, a native of Yibin City in Sichuan Province, said calmly after receiving his gold medal.
Seeing that the performers ahead of her were not scoring high, Liu Junru, who was No. 6 in the order of appearance out of the eight qualifiers, put the gold beyond  reach  of everybody else by garnering  an average of 14.40 (14.225 and 14.572) in her two tries at the women’s vault
Democratic People’s Repubic of Korea’s Kim Su (14.00) Jong and Rye Yong (13.90) took the silver and bronze medal, respectively.
There was an upset of sorts in uneven bars as Luo Hoan captured the gold medal with her clean and elegant performance , worth 14.475 points, besting individual all-around  champion Liu Tingting, who topped the same event at the Melbourne World Cup held early this year.
Performing immediately after her compatriot, Liu salvaged the silver (14.350) while DPR Korea’s Jong Jang Mi placed third and went home with the bronze (13.00).
Each gold medalist also earned $350, the silver medalist winne,r $250, and bronze medalist, $150, as part of the AGU’s further recognition of the gymnasts seeing action in the tournament and t draw more athletes to the sport. 
Closely watching the gymnastics action for the second straight day was Asian Gymnastics Union President Abdulrahman Al-Shatri, who also awarded prizes to the winners.
Action In the individual apparatus finals returns on Sunday, the final day of the  competition, in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
To be contested are the golds in the  men’s vault, men’s parallel bars and men’s horizontal bar plus the women’s balance beam and  women’s floor exercise.
POMMEL HORSE CHAMPION:  China’s Xia Ruoleng shows the form that won him the gold medal in the pommel horse event of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships.  (Xiao Ruoleng 2)
FLOOR EXERCISE MEDALISTS:  China’s Lin Chaopan (center) displays the gold medal he won in ruling the men’s floor exercise of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. On his left is teammate Xiao Ruolen who took the silver medal while South Korean silver medalist Kim Hansol is on his right. 
TOPS IN FLOOR EXERCISE: China’s  Lin Chaopan twirls through the air,  showing  off  the winning form that was good for gold in the men’s floor exercise of the 14th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 

RINGS MEDALISTS:  Individual rings gold medalist  Zou Jingyuan  of China (center) poses with the rest of the medalists in the 7th Asian Seniors Gymnastics Championships. On his left is Hong Kong’s Kiu Chiung while Chinese-Taipei’s Chen Chih-Yu is on his right.

RING SUSPENSION:  China’s Zou Jingyuan suspends himself in the air on the way to ruling the men’s ring title in the 7th Asian Seniors Gymnastics Championships. 
WOMEN’S VAULT GOLD MEDALIST:  China’s Liu Jinriu vaults her way to the gold medal in the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. 
UNEVEN BARS WINNERS: China’s Luo Huan (center) proudly displays the gold medal she won in the women’s uneven bars of the 7th Asian Seniors Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Flanking her are teammate and silver medalist Liu Tingting (left) and bronze medalist Jon Jang Mi of the Democratic Republic of Korea.
By: Manolo Pedralvez