Six Gold Medals for China at Zibo World Cup April 7-8, 2012

Chen YIBING CHN

Chen YIBING CHNDoha  (QAT), AGU Office, April 17, 2012: at the only FIG Artistic Gymnastics Individual Apparatus World Cup in Zibo City (CHN) during April 7-8, 2012 Gymnasts from China celebrated victory with six out of ten Gold medals.

In Men’s, reigning World and Olympic Champion Chen Yibing prevailed on Rings, outscoring top-qualifier Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece and Lambertus van Gelder (NED). 2010 World Champion Zhe Feng confirmed his supremacy on Parallel Bars and compatriot Zhang Chenglong went to an easy win on Horizontal Bar, after Danell Leyva, leader during Qualifications, fell off the bar twice in the Final.

Flavius Koczi (ROU) and Steven Legendre (USA) tied for first place on Floor, edging out top-qualifier Alexander Shatilov (ISR), while World Champion Kriszian Berki (HUN) defeated Louis Smith (GBR) to take the Pommel Horse title. Having come from third rank in Qualifications, Ukraine’s Igor Radivilov prevailed on Vault, outclassing Legendre and Koczi.

On the Women’s side, twice Olympian and former World Champion Cheng Fei celebrated her return to international competition with a victory on Vault. She defeated Mexican Alexa Moreno and Yamilet Pena of the Dominican Republic. Cheng’s team-mates Yao Jinnan and Huang Qiushuang went 1-2 on both Uneven Bars and Balance Beam, with Australia’s Larrissa Miller and Lauren Mitchell respectively taking the Bronze. 2010 World Champion Mitchell took the title on Floor, leaving Canada’s Victoria Moors and Huang in her wake.

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The FIG international series in Artistic Gymnastics continues with three Challenge Cups prior to the London 2012 Olympic Games, Osijek (CRO) on April 27 – 29, Maribor (SLO) on June 1 – 3 and Ghent (BEL) on June 9 – 10, and the next World Cup competition is set for Stuttgart (GER) on December 1-2.