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Fan stays cool to continue gold medal streak for China in trampoline

Date : 16 Oct 2018

Date: 15 Oct 2018 Buenos Aires, Argentina, October 15, 2018: China’s Fan Xinyi kept her country’s gold medal-winning streak in women’s Trampoline Gymnastics at the Youth Olympic Games alive by edging out Australia’s Jessica Pickering in the battle for top honours.

Fan’s victory means China remains undefeated in this event at the YOG after gold medals won by Dong Yu (2010 Singapore) and Zhu Xueying (2014 Nanjing).

“We do not have a secret formula for trampoline in China. It all comes down to the work, dedication and love of the sport. Today I showed what I can do and I’m very happy with the result,” Fan said.

While the Chinese women have dominated trampoline, the men struck gold for the first time at the YOG when Fu Fantao completed a double victory at the American Pavilion.

Fu, 17, turned out a solid performance to register a superb total of 58,030. The Chinese star was awarded 15,400 for the difficulty of his routine and 16,700 for his execution of it. He collected another 16,430 for the time spent in the air and 9,500 for its horizontal displacement.

Britain’s Andrew Stamp took the silver medal with a score of 57,475 while Austria’s Benny Wizani won the bronze.

In the women’s event Pickering struggled to hold her nerves together as she went through her routine to the tune of Taylor Swift’s ‘Shake It Off’. Pickering seemed to have shaken off her nerves as she finished smiling with a score of 51,645 points to elevate her to gold medal position.

But China’s Fan did not take long to turn that gold into a silver for Pickering as she scored 52,560 points to take the top spot.

Meanwhile in Artistic Gymnastics, Japanese wonder kid Takeru Kitazono – the next Kohei Uchimura, a triple Olympic champion and ten-times world champion - won his third title in these Games by winning the gold medal in the rings. Kitazono turned out a consistent performance to be crowned lord of the rings with Canada’s Felix Dolci winning silver and China’s Yin taking home the bronze.

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