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Three more golds for men gymnasts

Shen Yanping ( China Daily )

Yuri Korolev of the Soviet Union, all-round titlist at the World Championships last year, collected three more gold medals at the gymnastics World Cup here yesterday. He had won the overall title earlier on Saturday. [ Chen Zhao ]

Chinese gymnast Xu Zhiqiang was on the winner's rostrum twice yesterday in the Capital Stadium but he got only one gold medal - one of the three collected by Chinese.

The Chinese national flag was raised and the national anthem was played as Xu was deemed the men's vaulting horse joint champion at the Seventh World Cup here in Beijing. But the judges later corrected the result and gave the gold to both Sylvio Kroll of the German Democratic Republic and Yuri Korolev of the Soviet Union. Xu got the bronze.

'I heard the correction announced," Xu said afterwards. But he said it did not bother him.

Xu, 23, performed his near-perfect gymnastics in the next event, the parallel bars, to win his first gold in a world tournament. He shared the gold with Valentin Mogilnyi of the Soviet Union.

"I was not the best in the allround two days ago and I am happy to win a gold in the individual event finally," Xu said. He finished sixth overall.

His compatriot Li Ning continued his gold-winning streak yesterday by taking the floor exercises and pommel horse, in which he scored the first perfect 10 in a men's event at the Seventh World Cup. Overall, Li, joint all-round champion with Korolev, had three golds.

But Korolev outshone him as he won the horizontal bar gold and shared the vault and rings golds to make his gold tally four here.

The biggest hero of the three-day World Cup, however, was Elena Shushunova of the Soviet Union. Shushunova, 17, won four of all five golds. The only gold that evaded her was that of the beam, which her compatriot Oksana Omeliantchik won.

The Romanian women thus didn't come up with a gold.

Final results of the men's individual apparatus events: Floor exercises 1. Li Ning (China) 2. Yuri Korolev (Soviet Union) 3. Sylvio Kroll (GDR). Rings 1. Valentin Mogilnyi (Soviet Union), Korolev 3. Li. Vault 1. Kroll, Korolev 3. Xu Zhiqiang (China) Parallel bars 1. Xu, Mogilnyi 3. Korolev. Horizontal bar 1. Korolev 2. Kroll 3. Boris Petri (Italy). Pommel horse 1. Li 2. Mogilnyi 3. Xu.

Final results of the women's individual events: Floor exercises 1. Elena Shushunova (Soviet Union) 2. Camelia Voinea (Romania) 3. Oksana Omeliantchik (Soviet Union). Vault 1. Shushunova 2. Omeliantchik 3. Ecaterina Szabo (Romania). Uneven bars 1. Shushunova 2. Omeliantchik 3. Silivas. Beam 1. Omeliantchik 2. Silivas 3. Shushunova.

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