Chinese Nationals Conclude with Event Finals

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The 2016 Chinese National Championships concluded with event finals this weekend, where Shang Chunsong picked up another two gold medals.

Event finals began with vault and bars on Saturday. The vault title went to Yuan Xiaoyang, who averaged a 15.450, followed by new senior Liu Jinru with a 15.117 and then Jing Yang was third with a 14.360. Wang Yan was expected to top this final if she hit both her Rudi and double-twisting Tsuk, but she pulled out due to muscle pain in her back. Yuan looked clean in her work, and had only a slight step back on her Tsuk double, putting her in a good place to take the title.

The bars gold went to Fan Yilin, who hit her 7.0 routine brilliantly, earning a 15.834 with one tenth of bonus in there for her stuck landing. Fan, who can still add about one more tenth to her routine in difficulty, hit her incredible inbar full to Komova II to pak to stalder to Chow to Gienger connection to start out. She then hit her intricate front pirouette work with a Healy, Ono, and 1.5 before landing a lovely double layout, topping the podium by just over four tenths.

Tan Jiaxin was second there with a 15.4 (6.8 d-score, 0.1 bonus) after connecting her Shang to pak salto and hitting her full-twisting double layout dismount. In a somewhat surprising finish, 2014 world silver medalist Huang Huidan was third with one of her strongest routines in the past two seasons, earning a 15.167 (6.5 d-score, 0.2 bonus).

In fourth was Shang Chunsong, who had a mostly strong routine, but lost the flow of her routine near the end, forcing her to go into an extra kip cast. She still posted a 15.134, just 0.033 away from the podium (6.7 d-score, no bonus). First-year senior Liu Tingting was fifth with a 14.867 (6.3 d-score, 0.1 bonus) after hitting her pak to shaposh connection but making a mistake on her front 1.5, junior Du Siyu was sixth with a 14.8 (6.5 d-score, 0.1 bonus), Zhu Xiaofang was seventh with a 14.767 for a watered-down routine (6.2 d-score), and Hua Ruixue was eighth with a 14.034 (5.7 d-score).

Shang came back from her mild disappointment on bars to capture the beam and floor gold medals by huge margins. On beam, she had a 15.467 (6.7 d-score) for a routine that was excellent, minus a wobble on her switch half and another on her front tuck to wolf jump. The score includes three tenths in bonus, so it wouldn’t be quite as high on an international stage, but with her three routines at this competition she’s showed that she’s definitely one of the favorites for a medal in Rio on this event.

Coming in for the silver medal was Liu Tingting with a superb and solid routine that earned a 14.934 (6.3 d-score) while 2001-born junior Chen Xiaoqing won the bronze with a 14.4 (5.9 d-score) for what was a near-perfect and lovely effort. Other hit routines came from Zhou Lu in fourth with a 14.234 (5.8 d-score) and junior Lin Yuyao in fifth with a 14.134 (5.7 d-score, 0.1 bonus).

Unfortunately, Fan had a fall on her layout here and then took a big step on her dismount landing, only reaching a 13.967 (6.4 d-score) including two tenths in bonus. Behind her was Zhu in seventh with a 13.834 (5.8 d-score) after wobbling a few times in her set, and then sadly in last was Wang with just a 12.667 (6.3 d-score, 0.2 bonus) after falls on her layout and full turn in what was an incredibly nervous and shaky routine.

On floor, Shang again proved to be the best with a 15.1 (6.6 d-score, 0.3 bonus). It wasn’t the sharpest routine for her, with a couple of short landings, but with Mao Yi watering down a bit, she still had an easy win by over half a point. Mao ended up in second with a 14.434 (6.0 d-score, 0.2 bonus) after taking out her punch front, coming up short on her quad turn, and taking a couple of steps on landings while 2002-born junior Li Qi was the bronze medalist with a 14.367 (5.9 d-score, 0.2 bonus).

Lu Yufei was fourth here with a 14.167 (5.8 d-score, 0.1 bonus) for a stuck full-in, triple full to punch front, and stuck 2.5 to front pike, Liu Tingting was fifth with a 14.034 (5.5 d-score) for a mostly clean routine, Liu Jinru was sixth with a 13.9 (5.9 d-score, 0.1 bonus) after a few messy landings, and then Tan hit her routine to finish seventh with a 13.767 (5.8 d-score).

Again, Wang unfortunately had problems here to place last, this time with a 13.667 (6.1 d-score, 0.4 bonus) after almost crashing her double double and then later falling on her punch front. It was definitely a rough day for her, and she reportedly cried a good deal after the competition, but with her back pain it’s possible she just had an off day. I still think she’s a frontrunner for the team, as she can contribute on three events in the team final when she hits and also has the ability to make at least two individual finals, but I’m sure her consistency is being called into question as a legitimate concern going forward. Hopefully once her back issues are under control, she can return to her old self.

Article by Lauren Hopkins

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10 thoughts on “Chinese Nationals Conclude with Event Finals

  1. Everyone talks about the Americans getting overscored this was some of the worst overscoring I’ve ever seen . International ly these scores would have been up to a point lower. But people are quick to complain when the Americans are overscored

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    • PS, how do you know they’re overscored? Did you watch the routines? Because most of the EF routines aren’t up anywhere aside from a private YT account. I’ve seen the videos and I’d say Shang’s BB is slightly overscored but the rest are pretty accurate.

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    • So not only did Lauren already mention the bonuses, but what you need to know is that the Chinese are known to underscore during national competitions. I was pretty confused to see the scores the way they were during this competition, but seriously, the Chinese do this ONCE and you’re already jumping down their throat.

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  2. Come on get real everyone complains the second the Americans are overscored so let’s keep it real . I’ve watched a few of their meets over the years and they have been overscored. So you chill. How many times do people complain about the us meets give me a break next you’re going to say the girl from China’s ub routine wasn’t overscored but Madison’s 15.7 was overscored . Let’s keep it real. Go look at the international gymnist post how many complain about the Americans getting overscored once someone brings up about another country it’s off limits even with the bonus they were overscored

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    • Did you watch Madison’s 15.7 routine? I did. It was a 15.2 at best. Madison will never get a 15.7 on an international stage. Shang didn’t get a grossly overscored 15.7. A 15.3 and a 15.7 are very different scores. The U.S. national meets are generally fine in terms of scoring but the WOGA Classic is always way overscored both for the Americans and for the visiting international guests.

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  3. I’m not sure what meet you were watching but she didn’t deserve a 15.7 that’s what the Chinese judges gave her. And go back and read the comments Madison got rail roaded for that routine read what I’m writing before you make a judgement when a American gets overscored people cry foul but when a Chinese Russian or Romanian does and anyone says something people are wuick to cry foul and I’m not saying that Madison routine was a 15.7 but the Chinese girls wasn’t either. I feel her routine wasn’t better than Madison or Ashton s this year but pretty even let me gues next you’re going to say Ashton scores this year weren’t warrented

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    • Shang didn’t get a 15.7. Shang got scores of 15.134, 15.3, and 15.5 on bars at Chinese national championships. And no, Ashton is grossly overscored at home. To compare her home vs international scores, she got scores of 15.85 and 15.7 on bars for hit routines at home. The same hit routines at world championships in 2014 got scores of 15.233, 15.1, and 15.266. That’s 5-6 tenths difference between her home scoring and worlds scoring. Last year, Shang had scores of 15.3 and 15.05 at home, and at worlds she got scores of 15.233, 15.166, and 14.9, almost identical. 🙂

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