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China tops worlds medal tally


09:02, October 17, 2011

Sui Lu of China competes on her way to winning the final of the women's balance beam at the world gymnastics championships in Tokyo, Japan, yesterday.

China yesterday captured the women's balance beam and men's horizontal bar apparatus titles, bringing its gold medal haul to four to top the medal tally at the world championships in Tokyo, Japan.

Sui Lu, 19, delivered a flawless routine on the beam, scoring 15.866 points with a difficulty of 6.600 and execution of 9.266. Her compatriot Yao Jinnan took the silver with 15.233 points.

Sui also added a floor silver medal for China, losing by a marginal 0.067 points 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 championship," 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 in the event three times in a row.

Zou notched 16.441 points, outscoring his teammate Zhang Chenglong, the defending world champion, who scored 16.366. Japan's top ace Kohei Uchimura, three-time all-round world champion, had to settle for the bronze medal with 16.333 points.

"I increased the routine's difficulty and did very well today," Zou said. "I think we won because we usually make less errors than our competitors."

Danell Leyva of the United States captured the men's parallel bars gold, outscoring Vasileios Osolakidis of Greece and Zhang.

Leyva, 20, scored 15.633 points in a clean routine on the bars, with Osolakidis and Zhang both netting 15.533 points. China's defending world champion Feng Zhe, who ranked first in qualification, made some errors to finish a distant seventh.

Yang Hak-seon of South Korea won the men's vault gold, the first title for the country at this year's world championships.

Yang, whose combined difficulty was the highest among all gymnasts, scored an average 16.566 points in two solid vaults. Anton Golotsutskov of Russia and home favorite Makoto Okiguchi ranked second and third, earning 16.366 and 16.291 points, respectively.

China finished the tournament with a haul of four gold, five silver and three bronze medals for a total of 12.

The United States and Russia were left chasing the leader, with a total of seven and six medals, respectively.


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