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Chinese find their rhythm again

China's Kang Xin who won the women's apparatus balancing beam gold in Busan on Saturday. — Photo: V. Sudershan

China's Kang Xin who won the women's apparatus balancing beam gold in Busan on Saturday. — Photo: V. Sudershan  

BUSAN Oct. 5. China, which had its pride dented on Friday, hit back with an outstanding performance on the final day of the gymnastics competition at the Sajik gymnasium on Saturday.

The impressive show put up by the Chinese gymnasts was not totally unexpected, given their status in this sport. After the two Koreas and Uzbekistan had robbed three gold from the Chinese, one was curious to see how they would respond to the challenge. The Chinese gained revenge in style.

Once again, it was Li Xiaopeng, the Sydney gold-medallist, who led China from the front and helped his country re-establish its credentials as the continent leader. Xiaopeng was a picture of confidence as he went through his routine in the vault for the gold and then shared the top spot in the parallel bars with teammate Huang Xu.

In the vault, Xiaopeng gained a clear verdict ahead of teammate Yang Wei as the Chinese completed a 1-2. Xiaopeng had 9.737 and Yang 9.637 as they pushed South Korean Kim Dae-Yeun (9.312) to the third spot.

Xiaopeng and Huang Xu both had marks of 9.800 in the parallel bars where Kim Seung-Il was placed third with 9.750. The judges failed to come up with a clear decision in the horizontal bars where Teng Haibin (China), Hiroyuki Tomita (Japan) and Yang Tae-Seok (Sout Korea) tied with 9.800 points to each take home a gold.

In the women's section too, China figured at the top in the two events held this evening. In beam, it was Kang Xin who stood first with a score of 9.300 as she left Uzbek Oksana Chusovitina (8.975) and North Korean Pyon Kwang-Sun (8.800) far behind.

However, Oksana had her share of the spotlight when she shared the floor gold with China's Zhang Nan. Both were credited with 9.350 while South Korea's bronze medallist Kim Ji-Young had 9.150.

The results:

Men: Horizontal bars: 1. Teng Haibin (Chn), Hiroyuki Tomita (Jpn) and Yang Tae-Seok (Kor), 9.800; Parallel bars: 1. Li Xiaopeng (Chn) and Huang Xu (Chn), 9.800, 3. Kim Seung-Il (Kor), 9.750; Vault: 1. Li Xiaopeng (Chn), 9.737, 2. Yang Wei (Chn), 9.675, 3. Kim Dae-Yeun (Kor), 9.312.

Women: Floor: 1. Zhang Nan (Chn) and Oksana Chusovitina (Uzb), 9.350, 3. Kim Ji-Young (Kor), 9.150; Beam: 1. Kang Xin (Chn), 9.300, 2. Oksana Chusovitina (Uzb), 8.975, 3. Pyon Kwang-Sun (Prk), 8.800.

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