16. October 2005  
NANJING / East China  
Artistic Gymnastics

10th Chinese National Games - Guangdong dominated

FAN, Ye and LU, Bo...

Chinese Xinhuanet reports that gymnastics giant in China Guangdong proved its superiority by taking four out of the 14 golds at the just-concluded gymnastics competition at the 10th National Games.
The Chinese Lu, Bo was the winner af the all-around men's titel and on Friday the balance beam world champion (Anaheim 2003), Fan, Ye won the all-around title in the women's category.

These 10th National Games were also a big national fight of all the Chinese provinces for the crown in sports...
On Friday World champion Fan Ye won the women's gymnastics all-round goldmedal for Hebei.
World champion Fan Ye stormed to women's gymnastics all-round victory by upstaging two other favorites Zhang Yunfei and Cheng Fei at the National Games on Friday.
The 19-year-old Fan, a member in the Chinese squad in Athens and the balance beam gold medallist in 2003 worlds, stole the spotlight from Cheng and Zhang when she surged to the first place in the second round and firmly held on to it through the rounds.
Except for a comparatively low score of 9.184 in her first round of vault, Fan had outstanding exhibitions on uneven bar, balance and floor, scoring 9.700, 9.787 and 9.684 points respectively.
Cheng, also a member in China's Athens squad, had a joyful start when she scored 9.734 points on her strong vault, the highest among her six-strong group.
After a dim start with 9.384 points on vault, she managed to climb from the sixth place to the third place in the uneven bar rotation.
But she suffered a fatal setback in the third round, when she fell from the balance beam following a major wobble, earning only 9.017 points. She finished fifth.

<< Zhang Nan the 2004 Athens Olympics all-round bronze winner, received another bronze in Friday's all-round final. 'I am satisfied with the result,' a beaming Fan told a press conference.

'Balance beam is my strong event,' she said, referringto her score of 9.784 points on beam.
She got only 9.15 points on vault with a start value of 9.4, because vault is her weakest apparatus, she said.
Looking to the coming world gymnastics championship, Fan said she is eyeing a gold medal on balance beam and will also 'do her best on other apparatus.'
Source: Xinhuanet