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He leads women's qualification at Olympic Trampoline
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14:24, August 16, 2008

China's He Wenna surged into the Olympic women's trampoline final, topping the qualification on Saturday.

The 19-year-old collected an overall 67.20 points, 0.8 ahead of Russia's Irina Karavaeva, world champion and 2000 Olympic champion. Rosannagh Maclennan of Canada was third in 66.00.

He's compatriot Huang Shanshan, one of the pre-game favorites, crashed out suffering a "sudden death" in the second routine.

"I'm sorry for Huang. It's such a pity and I have to compete alone in the final," He said of Huang's mistake, "but I won't be affected by the incident and will try my best."

The 2004 Olympic bronze medalist performed dazzling maneuvers with quality before suddenly losing her rhythm in her ninth flip and landing on her side.

"I still don't know what happened. I trained well and such things never happened in pre-competition training. My legs suddenly failed me," she said.

"But I won't give up. I'll re-start from zero," she added.

Huang was not the only one to be trapped by sudden death. Ana Rente of Portugal was also unable to finish the ten movements, landing on the blue rim mid-routine and losing her momentum.

The tricky qualification featured a row of blunders from top competitors including Lenka Popkin of Czech Republic, who completely missed her landing after her ten flips of the first routine.

Karavaeva stepped on the blue rim on conclusion but still managed an overall high score of 66.40 points to finish second after He.

He, wearing a bandage around her left knee, led a Chinese one-two after the first routine.

She scored 30.10 points thanks to her flawless execution, 0.1 ahead of Huang.

He was fourth at last year's world championships and is performing in her first Olympics.

Source:Xinhua

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