Favourites thrill fans on penultimate day of Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships
SINGAPORE, 17 JUNE 2023– The biggest crowd of the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships was treated to some world-class action on the penultimate day of the seven-day competition.
Close to 700 fans cheered on their favourite gymnasts at the OCBC Arena today. And they were notdisappointed as there was something for everyone on Day Six of the action.
Crowd favourite Carlos Yulo of the Philippines won gold in the floor exercise, as did Tokyo 2020 Olympic bronze medallist in the vault Yeo Seojeong, who took gold in the vault in Singapore.
Olympic legend Oksana Chusovitina, 47 – the only gymnast to compete at eight Olympic Games – mayhave missed out on a gold, but her silver on the vault drew one of the loudest cheers of the evening Said Chusovitina, who won a gold at the 1992 Olympics with the Unified team: “The crowd was fantastic, and I am really happy to have won a medal.”
Another silver medallist who got the fans on their feet was Jordan’s Ahmad Abu Al-Soud, the 2022 World Championship silver medallist on the pommel horse. His score of 15.233 on the pommel horse was just shy of Kazakhstan’s Nariman Kurbanov’s 15.333 effort – a score that was goodenough to earn Kazakhstan their first senior gold of the competition.
Said Ahmad: “The fans were great today. They helped create a wonderful atmosphere and I think they played a part in our good performances today. I am happy I got a silver and gave them something to cheer about.”
There was extra significance for Kazakhstan’s gold as it was their first Asian title in almost 20 years.
Said Kurbanov: “This win in the pommel horse is terrific. It’s taken 20 years of training and very good preparation for this competition. I was second at the last Asian Championships and fourth at the World Championships, so I worked on my mistakes, and this is my third gold of the year.”
China continue their dominance
While there was a good spread of winners, with the five titles on the day won by four countries, itwas China who emerged as the day’s only double gold medallist, bringing their tally at these championships to five golds.
China’s Lan Xingyu turned in a masterful performance to score 15.200 on the rings, ahead of Vietnam’s Nguyen Van Khanh Phong (14.366), and Hong Kong’s Ng Kiu Chung (14.100).
Qiu Qiyuan, who had already won gold for China in the women’s team and individual all-aroundcompetition, added her third gold in the uneven bars, making her the most bemedalled athlete of the senior competition. She has a chance to add a fourth gold tomorrow in the floor exercise.
The final day of the competition tomorrow will see action in the men’s vault, parallel bars and the high bar as well as the women’s beam and floor exercise.
Members of the public can purchase their tickets for the senior championships at https://ticketmaster.sg/activity/detail/23_aagc2023. Tickets for a day pass start at
$20. The event will also be streamed live on all competition days and can be found at https://asianchampionships.elevatebroadcast.com/index.php.
Results for Saturday, June 17
Men’s Individual Apparatus Final
|Gold||Carlos Edriel Yulo||Philippines||15.300|
|Silver||Ahmad Abu Al-Soud||Jordan||15.233|
|Silver||Ngyuen Van Khanh Phong||Vietnam||14.366|
|Bronze||Ng Kiu Chung||Hong Kong||14.100|
Women’s Individual Apparatus Final
|Gold||Yeo Seojeong||South Korea||14.317|
|Silver||Lee Yunseo||South Korea||14.200|