Victories in men’s gymnastics yesterday helped China add to its gold tally. The host country, as of noon on Wednesday, has 43 gold medals. Here are two gymnasts who had huge performances yesterday:
Li Xiaopeng enters Chinese gymnastics pantheon
Li Xiaopeng (李小鹏) beat out Yoo Won-chul of South Korea and Anton Fokin of Uzbekistan to claim his fourth gold in men’s gymnastics—this time in the parallel bars. This Olympics Li has surpassed Chinese gymnastics legend—and the star of these Olympics’ opening ceremony—Li Ning as the winningest Chinese gymnast ever, with a total of 18 international first-place finishes to Li Ning’s 14.
Zou Kai wins men’s horizontal bar
Li’s teammate Zou Kai (邹凯) beat out Jonathan Horton of the US and Fabian Hambuechen of Germany to win gold on the last day of artistic gymnastics competition. The medal is Zou’s third gold medal in his first Olympics – earlier in the Beijing games he won gold in the men’s team competition and also in the individual floor competition.
Li Xiaopeng image: news.cctv.com
Zou Kai image: english.people.com.cn
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