Chinese athletes returning to international sporting competition after 17-years have made a strong impression at the World Gymnastics Championships at Fort Worth in the American state of Texas.
Chinese athletes returning to international sporting competition after 17-years have made a strong impression at the World Gymnastics Championships at Fort Worth in the American state of Texas. After two days of competition the Chinese women's team was in sixth place with the men in fifth position. It's the Russians who've dominated the Championships, leading both the team and individual placings.
SYNOPSIS: While the Russians have left no doubt they're ones to beat, the Chinese have impressed everyone with the originality of their movements and the extraordinary height of their jumps as Huanzong Cai demonstraters.
Here he is again on the parallel bars.
Teammate Yubin Huang put up a spectacular performance on the rings. This type of exercise requires the greatest amount of strength of any of the major gymnastic events.
World and Olympic Champion Nikolai Andrianov of Russia helped power the Soviet team into the lead after the first day. The Russians led with 293-points from Japan on 290-point-six, and the United States with 289-point-75.
Star performer for the Soviet team was 22-year old Alexander Ditiatin. He's tipped to replace Andrianov as the new all-round champion. This is the style that's put him in front in the individual placings.