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No stopping Chinese

BUSAN Oct. 3. China, expectedly, took both the men's and women's all-around titles that were decided in the gymnastics competitions of the 14th Asian Games at the Sajik gymnasium on Thursday.

In the men's section, the continuation of the Chinese domination was assured by Yang Wei who despite a poor show on the floor recouped well to post a total of 57.375 points. Beginning the competition over the six apparatuses, Yang, on the floor, could manage only 9.300 points.

However, he proved himself to be one with steely nerves as he fought back in brilliant fashion and produced a sequence of dazzling mix of athletics and acrobatism over the next five segments. Yang had scores of 9.550 in the pommel horse, 9.650 in the rings, 9.600 in the vault, 9.625 in the parallel bars and 9.650 in the horizontal bars as he left team-mate Liang Fuliang and South Korean Kim Dong-Hwa behind.

Incidentally, Liang and Kim were tied at the second spot with 56.875 points and both were awarded silver medals. Only a maximum of two gymnasts from each country were provided entry in this event.

Zhang Nan helped China complete the sweep as she took the gold in the women's section with a tally of 37.025 points. However, the Chinese were in for a rude shock when Oksana Chusovitina took the silver with 36.400 points, marginally ahead of Kang Xin (36.225 points.)

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