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Yao, Deng Win Chinese Championships
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Yao Jinnan and Deng Fudi won the all-around titles at the 2014 Chinese Gymnastics Championships, which concluded Tuesday in Nanning.

The competition served as a warm-up event for this fall's world championships in Nanning. The gymnasts showed off new routines and skills from an intense winter training, and several new names surfaced among the medalists.

Yao Jinnan in Nanning

Yao impressed with 59.400 to take the all-around title over Shang Chunsong (58.650). Junior Wang Yan, who has been tabbed toe represent China this summer at the Youth Olympics in Nanjin, won the bronze.

Yao, who recently changed her first name to Ziyi, ditched her Mo salto on uneven bars but competed a Komova II (inside Stalder to Shaposhnikova) to Pak salto, Stalder-Shaposhnikova half transition; inverted pirouettes to 1 1/2 to Tkatchev; full-twisting double layout.

Coach Wang Qunce said Yao removed her Mo salto – debuted 20 years ago by the great Mo Huilan – after the FIG imposed a .3 deduction for not swinging immediately out of skills.

"So this skill is useless," Wang said. "We have to change our technique and skills again. Yao used a new uneven bar routine. Her Difficulty level is 7.1 even without the Mo salto, higher than everyone else in the world."

In finals, Wang won vault, Yao won uneven bars and Shang won balance beam and floor exercise. On floor, Shang tumbled a 1 1/2 to triple twist-punch front mount; 3 1/2 twist; 2 1/2 punch front pike; double dismount.

In the men's competition, Deng competed consistently to take the all-around title with scores of 15.450 on floor, 14.800 on pommel horse, 15.100 on still rings, 14.500 vault, 15.600 on parallel bars, and 15.05 on horizontal bar.

Deng said he hopes to rise to the level of world and Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura, who won an unprecedented seventh consecutive Japanese national title on Sunday.

"I feel calm and really relaxed," Deng said. "Actually, my Difficulty points are higher than Uchimura, around 40.4. It's good enough that I could finish all the routines I have prepared, but I have to go after the quality. Once I have good enough quality to finish the routine, then I have the confidence to compete with him."

External Link: Chinese Gymnastics Association

2014 Chinese National Championships
May 10-13, Nanning

Women's All-Around FinalScore
1. Yao Jinnan Hunan 59.400
2. Shang Chunsong Hunan 58.650
3. Wang Yan Beijing 56.200

Men's All-Around FinalScore
1. Deng Shudi Guizhou 90.500
2. Liu Rongbing Guizhou 89.600
3. Lin Chaopan Fujian 89.000
4. Cheng Ran Beijing 87.600

Women's Vault FinalScore
1. Wang Yan Beijing 15.334
2. Deng Yalan Guangxi 15.100
3. Lin Jinru Henan 14.217

Uneven Bars FinalScore
1. Yao Jinnan Hunan 15.634
2. Shang Chunsong Hunan 15.300
2. Huang Huidan Zhejiang 15.300

Balance Beam FinalScore
1. Shang Chunsong Hunan 15.367
2. Bai Yawen Guangxi 14.534
3. Liu Tingting Guangdong 14.500

Women's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Shang Chunsong Hunan 14.900
2. Yao Jinnan Hunan 14.034
3. Wang Yan Beijing 13.800

Men's Floor Exercise FinalScore
1. Deng Xiaofeng Jiefangjun 14.900
2. Gu Baisen Guangxi 14.800
3. Deng Shudi Guizhou 14.767

Pommel Horse FinalScore
1. Wang Bo Jiefangjun 15.834
2. Xiao Ruoteng Jiefangjun 15.500
2. Haoweng Haoweng Fujian 15.500

Still Rings FinalScore
1. Liu Yang Jiefangjun 16.200
2. Liao Junlin Guangxi 15.834
3. Wu Guanhua Shanxi 15.500

Men's Vault FinalScore
1. Huang Mingqi Guangxi 15.050
1. Qu Ruiyang Hunan 15.050
3. Huang Xi Guangxi 14.983

Parallel Bars FinalScore
1. Deng Shudi Guizhou 15.900
2. You Hao Jiangsu 15.900
3. Liu Rongbing Guizhou 15.500
3. Cheng Ran Beijing 15.500

High Bar FinalScore
1. Deng Shudi Guizhou 15.200
2. Zhu Quanzhen Guangdong 15.134
3. Yang Shengchao Guizhou 15.100

International Gymnast magazine's recent coverage of Chinese gymnasts includes:
Deng Linlin two-page center poster (April 2013)
He Kexin cover photo (January/February 2010)
Huang Huidan two-page center poster (March 2014)
"Unbelievable" – Li Ning feature (June 2011)
Liu Yang two-page center poster (December 2013)
Tan Sixin cover photo, 14-page photo feature on IG's visit to Chinese national training center (June 2011)
Yao Jinnan on cover photo collage (July/August 2012)

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