China tops at Worlds 2006

medals.jpgThe competition has just ended.

First report on the internet …

“A Chinese river of gold medals flows towards Bejing…”

details on GymMEDIA.com

And in a later summary article:

The sleeping giant of gymnastics has come alive at a very interesting time.

China won two more gold medals at the world championships Saturday to close the meet with eight. That’s more than half the 14 golds awarded over nine days in Denmark – a record, and a staggering display of dominance for the upcoming host of the Olympics.

“China will hold the Olympic Games and the Chinese people have a passion for the Games,” said women’s coach Lu Shanzhen, whose team won three of the eight golds. “There has been a great movement to push gymnastics in our country. There are great expectations and hopes.”

… This was a program that suffered through an embarrassing Olympics in Athens, where the men finished fifth and the women seventh. Was that really only two years ago? It didn’t seem like it this week.

“I wouldn’t say I’m surprised,” Yang said. … I hope we can do this again in 2008.”

China closes out a dominating week at worlds – AP

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