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China wins two more golds to wrap up gymnastics worlds

(Xinhua)

10:13, October 17, 2011

Sui Lu of China performs during the women's balance beam final at the World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo on Oct. 16, 2011. Sui won the gold medal with 15.866 points. (Xinhua/Chen Xiaowei)

TOKYO, Oct. 16 (Xinhua) -- China on Sunday won the titles of the balance beam and horizontal bar, bringing its gold medal total to four to top the medal tally of the gymnastics world championships in Tokyo.

Sui Lu, 19, delivered a flawless routine on the beam, scoring 15.866 with a difficulty of 6.600 and execution of 9.266. Yao Jinnan, also from China, took the silver medal with 15.233.

Sui also added a floor silver medal to team China, losing by a marginal 0.067 to Russia's Kseniia Afanaseva, who was the last to deliver her routine on the floor.

"I am very happy to win my first world champion," said Sui. "I had a chance to win my second today, and I was a bit disappointed to see the Russian gymnast's score was a tad higher than mine."

"But it's also good that I didn't win two golds at the same time, so that I can set a new goal to achieve in the future," she added.

Beijing Olympic champion Zou Kai won China's fourth gold medal with a clean performance on the horizontal bar. China has won the title of the event three times in a row.

Zou notched 16.441 points, outscoring his teammate Zhang Chenglong, defending world champion, who scored 16.366 and took the silver medal. Japan's top ace Kohei Uchimura, three-time all-around world champion, ranked third at 16.333.


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