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Chinese Hope for Golden Sweep in Guangzhou
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The host Chinese team has its eye on a full sweep of the gymnastics gold medals at the 16th Asian Games, which begin Monday in Guangzhou.

With Japan not sending its top men's team and North Korea banned from competition, the door is open for China to win all 14 gold medals at the city's Asian Games Town Gymnasium. The roster includes 127 gymnasts from across Asia, but few should be able to challenge China in China.

Gymnast Yang Yilin will serve as a torchbearer Tuesday as the relay continues in Guangzhou.

China is sending its same squads from last month's world championships in Rotterdam, where its men's team took first and the women finished third. The Chinese men won individual gold medals from Chen Yibing (still rings), Feng Zhe (parallel bars) and Zhang Chenglong (high bar), while Jiang Yuyuan won the silver medal in the women's all-around.

At the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, China's male gymnasts won five of eight gold medals, and the women won five of six.

2006 men's vault champion Ri Se Gwang and 2006 uneven bars champion Hong Su Jong will not be able to defend their titles in Guangzhou. North Korea is banned from international competition through October 2012 for falsifying Hong's age, the FIG announced last week.

The Chinese teams returned from Rotterdam on Oct. 28, and then flew from Beijing to Guangzhou on Nov. 5.

Jiang Yuyuan said the women's team is training very well, and that the responsibility of being team captain will not add pressure in her first Asian Games.

"I participated in the Olympic Games and world championships before and have a plenty of competition experience, so I'm not too nervous," she said. "Many people have asked me about being the captain, but actually no, I don't bow to the pressure."

2008 Olympic gold medalist Yang Yilin will carry the torch Tuesday as the Asian Games torch relay nears its final destination in the host city of Guangzhou. Yang, a native of Guangzhou, will be the first runner taking the torch from the city's Zhongshan Memorial Hall toward the official stadium.

After the team first arrived, the gymnasts trained in Yang's hometown gym.

"Yang Yilin was so excited, because this is her 'alma mater,' carrying her most wonderful childhood memories! Walking onto the familiar campus, into the hall where she shed countless sweat and tears, Yang Yilin's eyes were blazing with memories," women's head coach Lu Shanzhen wrote on his blog.

Lu praised the accommodations at the Guangzhou's Athletes' Village — despite its lack of entertainment. Gymnasts will need to go to the communication center for television and Internet access.

"The organizing committee arranged this deliberately to let coaches and athletes rest and have peace of mind in order to focus on the competition," Lu wrote.

External Link: Official Asian Games Website

XVI Asian Games
Nov. 13-17, Guangzhou, China

Men's Roster
Chen Yibing
Feng Zhe
Lu Bo
Teng Haibin
Yan Mingyong
Zhang Chenglong
Ng Kiu Chung
Shek Wai Hung
Zhong Jian
Ranjan Alok
Ashish Kumar
Devesh Kumar
Srivastava Mayank
Rakesh Kumar Patra
Amir Azami
Vahid Izadfar
Nejad Hadi Khanari
Ehsan Khodadaditirkolaei
Mohammad Ramezannpour
Younes Zeyghami
Ali Altameemi
Ryosuke Baba
Ryotaka Deguchi
Shun Kuwahara
Hisashi Mizutori
Takuya Nakase
Kyoichi Watanabe
Stepan Gorbachyov
Ilya Kornev
Timur Kurbanbayev
Maxim Petrishko
Eldar Valeyev
Stanislav Valiyev
Yernar Yerimbetov
Kim Hee Hoon
Kim Ji Hoon
Kim Soo Myun
Sin Seob
Yang Hak Seon
Yoo Won Chul
Ali Alakhwaher
Abdulaziz Aljohani
Radwan Almuwallad
Habeb Aswailah
Jasem Gazwi
Ismail Shabi
Jawad Alherz
Mohammad Ali
Naser Alothman
Bader Alrashed
Ali Alsaffar
Mohamad Shami
Lum Wan Foong
Erdenebold Ganbat
Ajar Jangam
Nirajan Kunwar
Pasang Kaji Sherpa
Surah Singh
Ahmed Aldyani
Nasser Alhamad
Mahmood Alsadi
Malek Alyahri
Thuangtong Chan
Gan Zi Jie Gabriel
Nadika Bulathsinhalage
Tharindu Paththapperuma
Suriyen Chanduang
Weena Chokpaoumpai
Rartchawat Kaewpanya
Woranad Kaewpanya
Thitipong Sukdee
Kittipong Yudee
Chen Chih Yu
Hsu Ping Chien
Huang Che Kuei
Lu Yan Ting
Tu Yu-chen
Anton Fokin
Otabek Masharipov
Daulet Narmetov
Ivan Olushev
Ravshanbek Osimov
Eduard Shaulov
Dang Nam
Hau Trung Linh
Hoang Cuong
Nguyen Hathanh
Pham Phuoc Hung
Truong Minh Sang
Nashwan Al Harazi
Mohammed Sharif
Women's Roster
Deng Linlin
He Kexin
Huang Qiushuang
Jiang Yuyuan
Sui Lu
Yang Yilin
Wong Hiu Ying Angel
Momoko Ozawa
Yuko Shintake
Rie Tanaka
Koko Tsurumi
Mai Yamagishi
Eum Eunhui
Jo Hyun Joo
Kim Ye Eun
Moon Eunmee
Park Eun Kyung
Park Ji Yeon
Bou Aram Katia
Cheong See Teng
Frances Audrey Munoz
Aljazy Abdulrahman Alhabshi
Khoo Oon Hui Krystal
Lim Heem Wei
Tay Jia Hui Tabitha
Tay Xi Hui Nicole
Mananchaya Senklang
Emrina Abduvaliyeva
Luiza Galiulina
Yulia Goreva
Diana Karimdjanova
Asal Saparbayeva
Irina Volodchenko
Do Thi Ngan Thuong
Do Thi Thu Huyen
Phan Thi Ha Thanh
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magfan said:

Men's Competition / Japan
I don't think this is a Japanese "B-Team" at the Asian Games. The program wanted to get multiple athletes involved in preparation for 2012 and it looks like the distribution of the Worlds and Asiad teams were balanced out. The Worlds got Uchimura paired with less prominent gymnasts and the Asiad will be a veteran group. Nakase and Mizutori headline this batch and their credentials speak for themselves. Along with Shun Kuwahara, they can give China a good run but will probably come up just short because its on Chinese turf. The two leaders also will be in the running (against the always underrated Lu Bo) for a wide open all-around race with no Uchimura.
November 09, 2010
Votes: +0

xuan said:

Viet Nam
Yay -- Vietnamese gymnasts!!
November 10, 2010
Votes: +1

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