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Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: India will hope Olympian Dipa Karmakar return to action following an operation in April, and help win medals at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia after their indifferent show at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships in Montreal, Canada, last week.
Karmakar is nearing the end of a long rehab now after her surgery in April.
Pranati Nayak, ranked 68th in Montreal out of 96 in women’s individual qualification, scored a mere 42.866 points while Aruna Reddy Budda finished 69th with 42.865 points.
The two-member men’s team too finished way down in individual all-round qualification. Yogeshwar Singh scored 73.365 to finish 41st in a field of 59 while Siddarth Verma (69.497) came 53rd.
Karmakar has not competed since the Rio Games last year, preferring to go under the knife for a knee injury — a Grade 2 tear that became a Grade 3 tear during the Olympics.
The 24-year-old has started training, but gave the Montreal Worlds a skip as it didn’t fit into her schedule.
“I’ve started training, but don’t want to rush,” she told Hindustan Times. “The competition is six months away. I’ve enough time to polish my skills.”
At the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland, Karmakar became the first Indian to win a bronze in vault and was also the first Indian to qualify for the final in Rio.
But in April this year, she injured the right knee and was advised surgery. Dipa said her target was a podium finish in the Commonwealth Games in April.
“We’ve to help her regain her fitness. Once I feel she’s back to her normal training, I’ll phase the Produnova back into her routine,” said her coach Biseswar Nandi.
Doha (Qatar), AGU Office: China’s triple World and double Olympic champion Dong Dong and compatriot Zhu Xueying warmed up for the next month’s Trampoline World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria, by winning the men’s and women’s individual competitions respectively at the last World Cup event of the series in Valladolid, Spain, last weekend.
It was an outstanding performance by Dong, who defeated reigning Olympic champion Uladzislau Hancharou of Belarus and 2014 world champion Tu Xiao of China.
Dong, who finished second at the Rio Games last year, also overcame 2014 Youth Olympic champion Dylan Schmidt of New Zealand and three-time Olympian Dmitrii Ushakov of Russia.
The Chinese enjoyed a higher horizontal displacement value and took advantage of Schmidt’s four penalty to push him behind. Had the New Zealander not committed the error in difficulty, execution and time-of-flight scores, he would have edged Dong by .005 points.
Meanwhile, Zhu, who was competing in her first World Cup after two years, claimed her maiden title.
The 19-year-old returned to Valladolid to top execution and horizontal displacement scores which helped her to surpass Russia’s world-ranking leader Yana Pavlova and three-time Olympian Tatsiana Piatrenia of Belarus in the final, where the reigning Olympic champion Rosannagh MacLennan of Canada failed to qualify.
However, the Asian women had a setback in the synchronised event, where Zhu Xueying and Zhu Shouli were beaten by France’s Piatrenia and Maryia Makharynskaya for bronze.
But Japan’s men team of Daiki Kishi and Ryosuke Sakai finished behind winners Nathan Bailey and Luke Strong of the Great Britain in synchronised competition.
In the women’s tumbling, the Chinese multi-World Championships medallist Chen Li came third.
 
 
Montreal (Canada): Japan’s Kenzo Shirai grabbed the spotlight in the absence of compatriot and the most decorated gymnast of this generation Kohei Uchimura, who had pulled out due to injury a day after the FIG 47th Artistic World Championships started here last Monday.
Shirai, who became the first Japanese to win the floor gold medal three times, bagged two gold medals and a bronze to lead Asia’s revival in the sport after China’s disappointing performance at the Rio Games last year.

I used a lot of spirit in the all-around final and didn’t have much left for the floor. I’m happy I could put on the kind of display that would force the other competitors to give up,” Samurai told Japan Times.
The 21-year-old produced a “Shirai 3,” a double-backward somersault triple-twisting layout named after him to defend his title with 15.633 points.
“He was solid in the all-around and regained confidence for the apparatus finals,” said Japan men’s coach Yoshiaki Hatakeda.
One of the brightest medal prospect for Japan, when they host the Tokyo Games in 2020, Shirai was his country’s youngest gymnast to be crowned a world champion when he won the floor exercise at the 2013 worlds in Antwerp, Belgium and then defended it in the 2015 edition in Glasgow, Scotland.
 

Montreal (Canada): The 47th FIG Artistic World Championships came to an end following the last day’s apparatus finals here at the Olympic Stadium on Sunday.
The FIG President Morinari Watanabe thanked the organisers for a successful event while putting down the curtains on the seven-day competition.
He along with the Organizing Committee President Richard Crepin handed over the FIG flag to the Qatari delegates led by Qatar Olympic Committee (QOC) second vice-president Dr Thani Al Kuwari.
A short promotion of Doha, which will host the next year’s edition, was played on the giant screen.
“I thank the gymnasts from the bottom of my heart for making this even a successful one. We hope to see you all in Doha next year,” said Watanabe.
The Qatar Gymnastics Federation President Ali Ahmed Al Hitmi and Doha 2018 Tournament COO Abeer Al Buainain were also present during the brief hand-over ceremony.
But before the Worlds, Doha will host the FIG World Cup series. The annual event, which will be the 11th edition, will help the QOC and QGF prepare itself for the mega event in October at the iconic Aspire Dome.

 

Montreal (Canada): After a successful first day of the men’s individual apparatus finals, Asian gymnasts will be back in action on the final day at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships here on Sunday.
Japan’s Kenzo Shirai will hope to pick his third medal in the vault while compatriot Keisuke Asato and South Korean duo Hak Seon Yang and Han Sol Kim are the other Asian challengers.
Shirai had beaten another title contender Marian Dragulescu at the Rio Games last year after the Olympic tiebreak rules were applied as both the gymnasts had identical scores.
China’s Zou Jingyuan and Lin Chaopan will battle it out with Ukraine’s Oleg Verniaiev, who won the silver in 2015 edition, in parallel bar.
Japan’s Hidetaka Miyachi is one of the eight contestants in the horizontal bar, which is going to have a new world champion as Kohei Uchimura, who won the title in last edition, had pulled out of the event.
In the women’s balance beam, Japan’s Mai Murakami and Asuka Teramoto will be watched out for while China’s young sensation Liu Tingting will also hope to win his maiden world title.
Murakami will be back on the floor in the afternoon’s fourth event.
 
Montreal (Canada): Japan’s Kenzo Shirai was the toast of Asian success where he picked up his second gold and one bronze medal at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships here on Saturday.
Following their dismal show at the 2015 edition, where they had finished fourth, China showed they are back in action and promises to do better with a new generation of gymnasts.
China topped the overall medals tally with three gold, one silver and two bronze medals followed by Japan (three gold and one bronze).
Thanks to China and Japan’s resurgence, Asia regained their lost glory, and ended the competition on a high with six gold, one silver and four bronze medals to pip other continental challengers including USA.
But China’s 19-year-old Zhou Jingyuan created the biggest upset on the final day when he overshadowed reigning Ukraine’s Olympic champion Oleg Verniaiev in the men’s parallel bars final.
Zhou, who won his maiden world title, topped with 15.900 points followed by Verniaiev (15.833) and Russia’s David Belyavskiy (15.266).
Another Chinese competitor Lin Chaopan finished fourth (15.133).
South Korea picked up their first medal when Kim Han Sol finished third in the men’s vault final, which was won by Shirai with 14.900 while Ukraine’s Igor Radilov missed the gold by just .001 points.
The women had their share of glory on the final day, with Japan’s Mai Murakami winning her first gold in the event in the floor exercise.
She collected 14.233 points for her effort pipping USA’s Jade Carrey (14.200) and Great Britain’s Claudia Fragapane (13.933).
Murakami, who would have given Japan first all-around medal since Koko Tsurumi, came fourth in the balance beam while compatriot Asuka Teramoto finished sixth.
China’s Liu Tingting, who competed in her maiden Worlds, finished seventh.
“As a top qualifier in the all-around, I was nervous. I could’ve gone for gold if I hadn’t messed up on the beam. But I’m happy with the floor exercise title,” said Murakami.
 
Montreal (Canada): None of her competitor, who had lined up with Oksana Chusovitina before the women’s vault event at the 47th FIG Artistic World Championships on Saturday, were born when she won an Olympic medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games.
The 42-year-old performed with the same agility and fitness in her 16th Worlds at the iconic Olympic Stadium as she did some 25 years ago.
Though the Uzbek finished fifth in the event, her amazing confidence in a field of eight young girls, who are half of her age, was simply mind blowing.
Chusovitina knew she was competing with a new generation of gymnasts, and it was nothing new as she had been contesting in the World Cups as well.
She looked very much motivated and focussed, but it was her amazing control and finish that will always be etched in our memory.
After the event got over, Chusovitina settled into a dark empty space behind the media box as she intently watched the men’s apparatus finals.
Just like there will never be another Mohammad Ali, gymnastics will also never have another Chusovitina because not every sportsperson possess a strong determination like her.
And when Chusovitina said that she is going to be there at the 2020 Tokyo Games, you got to salute her steely resolve.
Her passion even at this age is something that will encourage the young girls.
Not surprisingly then the FIG Athletes Commission selected her as the representative for women's artistic gymnastics.
 
 

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