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Veteran Liu, newcomer Qiu make China’s day with double golds at FIG Worlds

ANTWERP, Belgium, Oct. 7 (Xinhua) — China’s gymnasts Liu Yang secured the rings gold whereas Qiu Qiyuan gained the uneven bars title on Saturday in Antwerp on the 52nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

The nonetheless rings competitors carried on amongst three Olympic medalists. Tokyo Olympic champion, 29-year-old Liu Yang proved his robust comeback with high quality by scoring 15.233 factors to earn the gold forward of Rio Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greek and teammate You Hao, silver winner in Tokyo, took bronze.

It’s been 9 years since Liu final gained the rings gold in 2014 Nanning World Championships. He had knee surgical procedures after the Tokyo Olympics. The gold proves his whole restoration and ambition for Paris.

World Championships debutante Qiu gained the title on uneven bars with 15.100, edging Algerian expertise Kaylia Nemour who hit her excessive problem set for silver. Nemour grew to become the primary gymnast from an African nation to win a World Championships medal in inventive gymnastics. Shilese Jones of the United States earned her second consecutive world medal on uneven bars with bronze.

Qiu, a 16-year-old from China’s southeast Fujian province who had by no means competed world occasions abroad earlier than this 12 months, was thrilled by her victory.

“The moment when I saw my score come up, I almost cried,” Qiu mentioned, “I had the feeling that I can win today. I just know it because I believe in my coaches and myself. It is just one step away from getting a gold medal at the Olympic Games. Hopefully, next time you see me, you see a perfect one.”