All-Around world champion Xiao fails to live up to expectations in Doha event
Doha: China's reigning All-Around world champion Xiao Routeng failed to live up to his expectations after he managed just a medal at the 11th FIG Artistic Individual Apparatus World Cup, which ended here on Saturday evening.
The annual competition, which was hosted by the Qatar Gymnastics Federation and supported by the Qatar Olympic Committee, was a test event for the 48th FIG Artistic World Championships.
The silver which he earned in the men's parallel bar was a kind of a consolation for the 21-year-old, who had succeeded Japanese legend Kohei Uchimura as the All-Around champion at the Worlds in Montreal, Canada, last year.
Xiao had a terrible fall during his exercise on the horizontal bar, which was something that he couldn't comprehend. Though he remained unhurt, the performance was a blip on his otherwise impressive season as he finished last.
"Something didn't go right in the competition," Xiao told www.khelupdates.com. "I'm not happy with my performance here. I'll have to work really hard to defend my world title in Doha in October."
Xiao was pushed to the second spot by compatriot and world champion in the same apparatus Zou Jingyuan, who collected 16.200 points while Turkey’s Ferhat Arican (15.166) took the bronze.
But it was Zou, who emerged as the most successful gymnasts by picking up two gold medals and one bronze in the four-day competition.
Igor Radivilov picked up his second gold in as many events after he collected 14.599 points in vault, which has been his pet event.
China’s Qu Ruiyang finished second (14.566) while Ferhat bagged his second bronze (14.533).
"I look forward to coming to Doha for the FIG World Championships. It was a satisfying competition for me as I won gold medals in two apparatus. I hope to be a part of the Ukrainian team," sad the 25-year-old.
Meanwhile, there was a double delight for France after Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (13.933) and Marine Boyer (13.466) claimed gold and silver medals in the women’s balance beam final. The duo was followed by Belgium’s Nina Derwael (13.400).
The floor exercise was intensely competed between Belgium’s Axelle Klinckaert, Italy’s Elisa Meneghini and North Korea’s Kim Su Jong, who shared the gold after collecting an identical 13.333 points.