Zou Jingyuan modestly puts this almost Zen-like state down to his coach, Wang Hongwei.
“He is excellent. He coached both Chen Yibing (China’s 2008 Olympic champion on Rings) and Feng Zhe (the London 2012 Parallel Bars champion),” Zou explained.
“In his coaching ideology, the quality of a routine is much more important than its difficulty. Only when the quality of each routine is good enough will he increase the level of difficulty. That is the principle he always insists on.”
The fifth will be named after All-Japan Event Championships.
We would expect that to be 2018 Worlds AA silver medalist Mai Murakami who missed some of the trial due to back pain. Some are saying Mai is no longer eligible to be chosen. I’d be very surprised if that’s the case. If she’s pain free in time, I expect her to compete Stuttgart.
Asuka Teramoto won her third title at the NHK Cup women’s competition on Saturday …
Fourteen-year-old Chiaki Hatakeda was third but is too young to qualify for the worlds …