The competition has just ended.
First report on the internet …
“A Chinese river of gold medals flows towards Bejing…”
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. Thatâ€™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.
â€œChina will hold the Olympic Games and the Chinese people have a passion for the Games,â€ said womenâ€™s coach Lu Shanzhen, whose team won three of the eight golds. â€œThere has been a great movement to push gymnastics in our country. There are great expectations and hopes.â€
… 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 didnâ€™t seem like it this week.
â€œI wouldnâ€™t say Iâ€™m surprised,â€ Yang said. … I hope we can do this again in 2008.â€