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Chinese Gymnasts Seize Six Golds in Zibo
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The Chinese gymnasts dominated Sunday's finals at the World Cup in Zibo, winning six of the 10 gold medals. Pictured: Balance beam champion Yao Jinnan (China) flanked by teammate and runner-up Huang Qiushuang and bronze medalist Lauren Mitchell (Australia)

The Chinese gymnasts dominated Sunday's finals at the World Cup in Zibo, winning six of the 10 gold medals.

Two-time Olympian Cheng Fei — the most successful Chinese female gymnast — won the vault title in a triumphant return to international competition. The 24-year-old Cheng, who suffered a torn ACL in 2009, performed cleanly, albeit with simpler vaults than the ones she used to win three world titles (double-twisting Yurchenko and layout Podkopayeva; click to watch video). Cheng edged Mexico's Alexa Moreno, who had the top individual score (14.975) for her Rudi. Top qualifier Yamilet Peña finished third after sitting down her risky handspring double front (video).

Yao Jinnan, the all-around bronze medalist at the 2011 Worlds, picked up gold medals on uneven bars (video) and balance beam. Teammate Huang Qiushuang finished second to Yao on both events.

2010 world champion Lauren Mitchell won the women's floor exercise title, despite a low landing on her first pass (video).

In the men's competition, the Chinese men won half the events. World and Olympic champion Chen Yibing won still rings despite a shoulder injury (video), while 2010 world champions Feng Zhe (parallel bars) and Zhang Chenglong (high bar) won their best respective events.

Romanian Flavius Koczi (video) tied American Steven Legendre (video) for the floor exercise title. World champion Krisztian Berki (Hungary) mastered the pommel horse (video), while Ukrainian Igor Radivilov continued his success streak on vault.

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

2012 Zibo World Cup
April 8, Zibo, China

Women's Vault FinalVault 1Vault 2Average
1. Cheng Fei 14.650 14.375 14.512
2. Alexa Moreno 14.975 13.850 14.412
3. Yamilet Peña 14.700 13.550 14.125
4. Phan Thi Ha Thanh 13.650 13.925 13.787

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1. Yao Jinnan 15.675
2. Huang Qiushuang 15.200
3. Larrissa Miller 14.600
4. Jessica Lopez 13.100

Balance Beam FinalScore
1. Yao Jinnan 15.175
2. Huang Qiushuang 14.775
3. Lauren Mitchell 14.650
4. Yana Demyanchuk 12.950

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Lauren Mitchell 14.400
2. Victoria Moors 14.025
3. Huang Qiushuang 13.775
4. Saša Golob 13.475

Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Flavius Koczi 15.450
1. Steven Legendre 15.450
3. Alexander Shatilov 15.300
4. Eleftherios Kosmidis 14.275

Pommel Horse FinalScore
1. Krisztian Berki 15.750
2. Louis Smith 15.600
3. Sašo Bertoncelj 14.950
4. Teng Haibin 14.025

Still Rings FinalScore
1. Chen Yibing 15.925
2. Eleftherios Petrounias 15.725
3. Yuri van Gelder 15.425
4. Igor Radivilov 15.375

Men's Vault FinalVault 1Vault 2Average
1. Igor Radivilov 16.200 16.050 16.125
2. Steven Legendre 15.625 15.750 15.687
3. Flavius Koczi 16.275 14.750 15.512
4. Marek Lyszczarz 15.150 14.500 14.825

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1. Feng Zhe 15.700
2. Mitja Petkovšek 15.650
3. Zhang Chenglong 15.625
4. Roman Kulesza 12.900

High Bar FinalScore
1. Zhang Chenglong 16.275
2. Nikolai Kuksenkov 15.375
3. Jackson Payne 14.850
4. Danell Leyva 13.175
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