China's Zhang wins high bar gold at gymnastics worlds

12:38, October 25, 2010      

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Zhang Chenglong gave China their fourth gold medal when he took the horizontal bar title on the final day of the world gymnastics championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2010.


Gold medalist Zhang Chenglong (C) of China, silver medalist Epke Zonderland (L) of the Netherlands and Fabian Hambuechen of Germany display their medals during the awarding ceremony for the horizontal bar final at the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2010. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

Zhang scored 16.166 to push home hope Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands into the silver medal position for the second straight year with 16.033 as former champion Fabien Hambuechen of Germany took bronze with 15.966.

It is China's fourth gold of the competition after Zhang helped them to a successful defence of their team title, Chen Yibing won gold on the rings and Feng Zhe won the parallel bars title.


Zhang Chenglong of China displays his gold medal during the awarding ceremony for the horizontal bar final at the 42nd Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, Oct. 24, 2010. Zhang claimed the title of the event with a result of 16.166 points. (Xinhua/Zeng Yi)

"It was very exciting," Zonderland told Dutch television channel NOS afterwards.

"I saw Hambuchen and Boy finish just beneath me and finally I thought Zhang's routine wasn't perfect, so I hoped I to win gold. This is very disappointing, of course. But give me a few minutes and I will be happy with my second place. It was definitely my best routine ever."

Source: Xinhua

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