Russia's women's team lead first-day qualifications at artistic gymnastics worlds

17:03, October 17, 2010      

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Russia's women's team edged China in the first competition day at the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, leading the team's qualifications on Friday.

The powerhouse China with four Olympic champions each taking pole position in one apparatus, began their performances at 9 am at the Ahoy stadium along with Italy, Argentina and Chinese Hong Kong as the teams in the first subdivision. Their total score of 233.778 points was unsurpassable until the Russian girls seal the day with an advantage of 0.743 points.

Yang Yilin launched a good start for China in the uneven bars with a result of 14.683 points. Then the audience witnessed Olympic and defending world champion He Kexin take the highest score of 16.066 points in the event on Friday.

Jiang Yuyuan and World Championships rookie Huang Qiushuang both did well in four events, but had to trail the 16-year-old Russisan newbie Aliya Mustafina, who snatched the top position in the all-around rankings in 60.666 points. Jiang and Huang were placed second and third in 58.099 and 58.065 points.

Russia were particularly strong in vault and the European champions did see three of their gymnasts among the top four in the vault qualifications.

Team Romania finished third with Ana Porgras leading the beam competition.

Elites from the U.S. team are going to perform on Saturday with last year's all-around gold medallist Bridget Sloan and runner-up Rebecca Bross leading the squad to try to defend their team titles.

Source: Xinhua


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