10/30/2018 7:06:33 AM (GMT+3)

Chinese coach praises team's 'youth power'

Chinese coach praises team

DOHA: Chinese team coach Ye Zhennan believed that their ‘youth power’ has helped them reclaim the gold after the 2015 Worlds.

“We had more young athletes coming in. They are much stronger and better, and that helped us win this time,” said Ye, after China pulled off a stunning win over Russian Federaton at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships here at the Aspire Dome on Monday evening.

The nail-biting contest went down to the wire with Russian Federation’s Nikita Nagornyy, the final competitor of the evening, needing to score 13.782 on the high bar. But he fell short with a mark of 13.733 for an error on a handstand.

“We’re happy that we are the champions. Through this competition, we’ve come to a conclusion about what we can do better. Hopefully, we’ll not have so many mistakes in future competitions,” added Ye.

The Russians failed to capitalise after Xiao Ruoteng scored a relatively low 12.600 following a fall from the high bar.

“When I was falling I felt very upset. What was in my head was, ‘I have to finish my routine and not make any mistakes’,” said Xiao, the defending All-around champion.

But the 22-year-old exuded confidence that their young team can do much better than their gold-winning performance here.

“We are a young team, but strong. We believe in ourselves, but we can do even better. We have to teach ourselves how to (cope with) the pressure, and we to come back better, training harder at home,” said Xiao.