China names experienced gymnastics team for Tokyo

Xiao Ruoteng China

FILE – (LR) Artem Dolgopyat, 2nd from Israel, Carlos Edriel Yulo, winner from the Philippines, and Xiao Ruoteng, 3rd from China, pose on the podium during the medal ceremony on men’s floor after the apparatus finals at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Hanns -Martin-Schleyer-Halle in Stuttgart, southern Germany, on October 12, 2019. (Photo by Lionel BONAVENTURE / AFP)

China has named an experienced gymnastics team for the 2020 Olympics which kick off this month in Tokyo as they aim to return to the top step of the podium after failing to win a gold medal in Rio de Janeiro. Janeiro four years ago.

Former all-around world champion Xiao Ruoteng, two-time parallel bars world champion Zou Jingyuan, Olympic bronze medalist Lin Chaopan and Olympic debutant Sun Wei will compete in the men’s all-around.

The quartet were part of the team that won gold at the 2018 world championships and finished second, behind Russia, the following year.

Parallel bars specialist Lin, who won bronze in the team all-around event in Rio in 2016, was chosen in place of Zhang Boheng for his superior international experience, although the latter achieved higher scores. bred in all three Olympic trial events.

“We believe Zhang is a talented young athlete who can be a perfect replacement for the whole team,” said male coach Wang Hongwei.

Liu Yang and You Hao, who were also part of the bronze medalist team in Rio, will compete in their second Olympics and compete in the individual events.

Tang Xijing, an all-around silver medalist at the 2019 World Championships, will lead the women’s team, with Ou Yushan, Lu Yufei and Zhang Jin completing the roster.

Two-time uneven bars world champion Fan Yilin and teenage balance beam specialist Guan Chenchen won both places in the individual events.

China won nine gold medals in artistic gymnastics at the Beijing Games in 2008 and four in London four years later, but finished with just two bronze medals in 2016.

The 2020 Olympics will begin on July 23 after being delayed for a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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