“Train hard or go home”. That’s what we read on the Singaporean gymnasts’ T-shirts yesterday at Shanghai’s World Cup Gymnastics competition.
They didn’t rank well though, however, compared to the Chinese team, who won gold medals on every event except men’s high bar. Newcomer Jiang Yuyuan finished first on the women’s floor exercise with a dynamic routine, while her teammate Pang Panpan tied for second place with Kozich. In women’s beam action, Pang Panpan, the defending champion, finished second behind her teammate and multiple World Champion, Cheng Fei.
On the men’s side, Feng Zhe executed a nearly perfect program and finished first on the parallel bars, ahead his compatriot Huang Xu, and the Korean Yoo Won Chul. Feng Zhe won his second gold medal of the day, tying Latvian Evgeni Sapronenko on vault. And in the last event, men’s high bar, Yosuke Hoshi of Japan and Aljaz Pegan of Slovenia tied with a score of 15.525. China’s Xiao Qin was third.
Truth be told, your devoted Shanghaiist reporter spent more time in the training room than watching the real competition: Since we had access to the gymnasts, we took a lot of up-close-and-personal photos. Enjoy the slideshow!
Full results: men’s competition and women’s competition.
Pete Chorba contributed to this article.