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Youth Olympic gold medalist Tan Sixin led a trio of newcomers to the women's all-around medals Tuesday at the Chinese national championships in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.

Tan Sixin won the women's all-around title and Teng Haibin tied Guo Weiyang for the men's title Tuesday at the Chinese national championships in Kunshan, Jiangsu province.


Women's all-around champion Tan Sixin with runner-up Yao Jinnan and bronze medalist Zeng Siqi

Teng, the 2009 National Games and 2010 Asian Games all-around champion, earned a high score of 15.400 on pommel horse, the event he won at the 2003 Worlds and 2004 Olympics. His other scores were 14.35 (floor exercise), 14.900 (still rings), 15.050 (vault), 15.000 (parallel bars) and 14.550 (high bar).

Guo, the defending champion scored between 14.350 (floor exercise) and 15.200 (parallel bars). 2005 National Games champion Lu Bo, representing the host province, grabbed the bronze with his new Kolman on high bar (15.250).

World high bar champion Zhang Chenglong proved he is not only an event specialist by finishing fourth, while young Liu Rongbing was only 0.1 behind Zhang.

In the women's competition Tuesday evening, Youth Olympic gold medalist Tan Sixin (14.050, 14.650, 15.300, 14.000) led a trio of talented newcomers to the podium. She also finished on top during qualifications Monday, after her "elder sisters" made mistakes. When asked how she outscored the rest of the field once again in the final, Tan thought for several seconds, and said, "I think they didn't pull themselves together."

All-around silver medalist Yao Jinnan, also a first-year senior, hit three routines but had wobbles on balance beam (14.150). She had the top scores on both vault (14.300) and bars (14.700).

Zeng Siqi, who will be a senior next year, proved that she is much more than cute: She fell on her new double-twisting Yurchenko vault in qualifications but landed it in the last rotation in the final (14.150). She also made her new floor routine with a 1 1/2 through to 2 1/2 mount and triple full (13.550).

Defending champion Sui Lu had three clean events but fell apart on uneven bars, totally missing her German giant and falling again on her dismount (12.250). She had the second-best score on beam (15.150) and topped the rest of the field on floor by more than half of a point (whip, triple full to stag jump; 14.550).

2008 Olympic gold medalists Jiang Yuyuan (12.150 on floor exercise), Deng Linlin (12.200 on balance beam) and Yang Yilin (11.500 on floor exercise) each had at least one disastrous routine.

Yang, originally an alternate to the all-around final, was a substitute for Wu Liufang, who has withdrawn after injuring her finger in qualification. In the apparatus finals, Wu will be replaced by Zhu Siyan on uneven bars and junior Li Shanshan on balance beam.

Competition continues Wednesday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

2011 Chinese Gymnastics Championships
May 10, Kunshan, Jiangsu Province

Women's All-Around FinalTotal
1. Tan Sixin Shanghai 58.000
2. Yao Jinnan Fujian 57.100
3. Zeng Siqi Hunan 56.000
4. Sui Lu Shanghai 55.650
5. Jiang Yuyuan Zhejiang 54.650
6. Huang Huidan Zhejiang 54.400
7. Deng Linlin Anhui 53.650
8. Yang Yilin Guangdong 53.250
9. Zhang Yelinzi Hubei 52.650
10. Zheng Wen Shandong 52.600

Men's All-Around FinalTotal
1. Teng Haibin Beijing 89.250
1. Guo Weiyang Liaoning 89.250
3. Lu Bo Jiangsu 88.750
4. Zhang Chenglong Shandong 88.650
5. Liu Rongbing Guizhou 88.550
6. Huang Yuguo Shandong 88.050
7. Yang Shengchao Guizhou 87.850
8. Liao Qiuhua Guangdong 87.500
8. Tong Yingjie Jiangsu 87.500
10. Zhou Shixiong Guangdong 86.300
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