Cheng went up last. Games of the 29th Olympiad Women's Artistic Gymnastics Beijing (CHN) August 8-24, 2008 Finals Women Teams Final - 2008 Aug 13 From left: Cheng Fei, Yang Yilin, Li Shanshan, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan, Deng Linlin. Jiang finished fourth, just outside the medals. Members of team China line up before the women's team final at the 2018 FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, capital of Qatar, Oct. 30, 2018. Credit: Nikku/Xinhua/Alamy Live News China wins women's gymnastics team Olympic gold In the vault final, Cheng was the favorite for the gold until she fell on her own "Cheng" vault. While the FIG investigation was in progress, the IOC indicated reshuffling of the medals was unlikely. He, in particular, was a specialist on uneven bars with an incredibly difficult routine. Cheng competed on vault, beam, and floor, and qualified first to the vault and floor exercise finals, and fifth to the balance beam final. They were in third place heading into the second rotation behind Russia and the United States. After we made two mistakes, it was really hard for us to catch up," said US head coach Qiao Liang. The Chinese wound up with six medals, two gold and four bronze. She scored a 14.550 and finished seventh. Yang competed on all four events, and qualified third to the all-around and first to the uneven bars final. What began as whispers among the media and gymnastics insiders weeks ago about the ages of three of China's female Olympic gymnasts -- Jiang Yuyuan, Yang Yilin and He Kexin -- has grown into ear-shattering, head-hurting shouts. The girls of China's 2008 gymnastics team made up perhaps the most controversial team at the Beijing Olympics with their "oh no, they cannot be 16 years old" faces and physiques. Yang was the first to vault and scored a 15.100. In the uneven bars final, Yang scored a 16.650. "Claiming the gold in Beijing is very exciting. China won a total of 100 medals, 51 gold, 21 silver, and 28 bronze, which became its largest ever medal tally in Olympic history. Consequently, there was frequent speculation that members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team were 14 years of age or under, violating the minimum age requirements of Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), the governing body of the sport, that requires gymnasts to be 16. These gymnasts were a member of the Chinese gold medal-winning team at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. On 22 August 2008 the International Olympic Committee (IOC) instructed the FIG to investigate the allegations that He Kexin was under-age, and were asked to report back to the IOC later that day. Gymnastics Artistic play Please note that because a number of anti-doping rules violations procedures are still in progress – including procedures involving medalists further to the results of the retesting programmes carried out on the samples collected in Beijing 2008 and London 2012- the information contained in the list is not final Sportswriter E.M. Deng Linlin and He Kexin were new additions to the team. She put her beam fall out of her mind and lived her routine, getting emotional just as her music ended. Cheng's teammate Deng Linlin and Li Shanshan went through the tough  psychological test and enabled the Chinese team to surpass the United States by one point before the fourth rotation. Their routines' difficulty in the beam was higher than the US members, giving them an advantage to claim the gold. BEIJING, Aug. 13, 2008 - The U.S. Olympic Team for women’s gymnastics claimed the team silver medal at the 2008 Olympic Games at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China. He competed on vault and uneven bars, and qualified sixth to the uneven bars final. The US team, who dethroned the Chinese contingent in the World Championships last year, had been tipped to repeat the glory in Beijing. In the all-around, Yang performed first on vault and scored a 15.175. After the Americans made several mistakes on beam and floor, the Chinese performed last on floor exercise, knowing exactly what they needed in order to win. Cheng went up first and surprisingly fell on her tucked full. The Chinese moved on to balance beam, one of their better events. File:U137P200T1D176717F16DT20080806231916.jpg, https://wagymnastics.fandom.com/wiki/Category:2008_Chinese_Olympic_Gold_Medal_Team?oldid=28031, Netherlands • Germany • Czechoslovakia • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR • USSR •. This time, they might be walking on a razor’s edge regarding the age of their female Gymnastics team. Younger gymnasts are lighter and more supple than adult gymnasts, and have also been said to be more fearless when performing difficult manoeuvres. Deng went up first on floor and performed her routine wonderfully to score a 15.150. Of the team, only Cheng Fei had competed at an Olympic Games before, in Athens. Jiang competed on all four events, and qualified sixth to the all-around and eighth to the floor exercise final. Yang was in second heading into the last rotation and Jiang was in fifth. The Chinese Olympics Gymnastics team is no stranger to controversy. "The performance of the Chinese team is remarkable. Gymnastics Preview: China to get limelight as top favorite for men's team gold 2008-08-12 08:47 Finalists of women's all-around at Olympic gymnastics 2008-08-11 00:30 Gymnastics Roundup: China atop Olympic women's qualification, U.S. 2008-08-11 00:17 Chinese authorities presented passport information to show that they were 16 years old as of 2008. The International Olympic Committee has asked gymnastics officials to look into whether China's women's gymnastics team used underaged competitors, an IOC spokeswoman said Friday. Jiang finished sixth. Defending Olympic champion Romania took the bronze with 181.525 points. The Chinese performed in the first subdivision, alongside Romania. Somewhat controversially, she still medaled, winning the bronze behind North Korea's Hong Un-Jong and Germany's Oksana Chusovitina. European and American athletes are all powerful, very robust. On 23 August, further pressure led the FIG to request additional documentation on five of the six athletes on the Chinese team. STUTTGART, Germany, Oct. 8 (Xinhua) -- Despite finishing fourth at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, the Chinese women's team is focusing on the Tokyo Olympics. She scored a 15.000 and won the bronze behind USA's Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson. But Chinese athletes... are by nature that small." CHINA - AUGUST 13: Members of the Chinese women gymnastics team celebrate with their gold medals after women's artistic gymnastic final during day five of the 2008 Beijing Olympics in Beijing, China, on Wednesday, Aug. 13, 2008. Of those girls and women, approximately 67,000 compete in the US Junior Olympic program, while others participate in AAU, … Here's What The 2008 Women's Gymnastics Team Is Doing Today. China named its Olympic women’s gymnastics team on Friday, and the inclusion of at least two athletes has further raised questions, widespread in … "It is not just this time. With deafening cheers and applause, leading Chinese gymnast Cheng Fei finished her routine in the last event of floor exercise in 15.450 points, nailing the gold for the hosts who totaled 188.900. She was visibly upset with her performance. Xinhua In early 2008, Yang Yun, who won two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, admitted on state-run television that she was 14 when she had competed. It is a question of race. Yang went up next and scored a 16.800. Yang won the bronze. In the floor exercise final, Jiang performed well and scored a 15.350. Today's China's day. Deng stuck her double twisting Yurchenko and scored a 15.250. Yang performed sixth and scored a 16.725, the highest score of the night. Kara is a two-time member of the National Gymnastics Team… Qualified teams Edit Main article: Gymnastics at the 2008 Summer Olympics – Women's artistic qualification The combo shows Team China competing in the women's qualification round for the Artistic Gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. After Athens, she became incredibly successful, winning three straight vault titles at the 2005, 2006, and 2007 World Championships, as well as a World floor exercise title in 2006. The execution scores were broken down and the gold medal was awarded to He. Age: 15 Hometown: Grain Valley, MO China Kara will be competing on the beam at World’s. Consequently, there was frequent speculation that members of the Chinese women's gymnastics team were 14 years of age or under, violating the minimum age requirements of Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG), the governing body of the sport, that requires gymnasts to be 16. Deng competed on all four events, but did not score high enough to qualify for the all-around or individual event finals. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. In early 2008, Yang Yun, who won two bronze medals at the 2000 Summer Olympics, admitted on state-run television that she was 14 when she had competed. Swift criticized the IOC for "spend[ing] millions of dollars trying to ferret out drug cheats [while ignoring] allegations of institutionalized cheating" by the Chinese government. Cheng, however, fell out of her triple turn and underrotated her fourth tumbling pass, sitting down. On August 17, 2008, China achieved its greatest ever Olympic performance when the women's table tennis team defeated Singapore in the final to claim the nation's 33rd gold medal, surpassing the previous best tally of 32 at Athens 2004. BEIJING — After the Chinese women's gymnastics team won its first-ever Olympic gold medal on Wednesday, its diminutive gymnasts celebrated on … Chinese coach Lu Shanzhen explained that Chinese competitors had for years all been small. Javascript must be enabled for the correct page display Yang entered the third rotation in first and Jiang in sixth. These are the medal winners in the women's gymnastics events at the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. Doha, Qatar. Having qualified first to the team final, the Chinese went first on vault. She claimed to have been 17 in 2000, but worked as a technical official at the 2008 Games, and her certification gave a birthdate of 1986--which would have made her 14 years old in 2000. All three scores counted for the team score; the three scores on each apparatus were summed to give a final team score. The Chinese then moved to uneven bars, their best event. On floor exercise, Jiang performed first. USA Gymnastics is the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of gymnastics in the United States, consistent with the Ted Stevens Olympic & Amateur Sports Act, the Bylaws of the United States Olympic Committee and the International Gymnastics Federation. She had a couple low landings on her passes and fell out of her triple turn, scoring a 14.775. IOC president Jacques Rogge said that FIG had demanded "birth certificates and all the documents like family books, entries in schools and things like that." In response, Chinese officials claimed the discrepancies for He Kexin were caused by paperwork errors when the gymnast switched teams. Women’s artistic gymnastics is the most popular form of gymnastics in the United States. BuzzFeed Staff. Beijing - Chinese women gymnasts won their first ever Olympic team gold medal in Wednesday's final of the Beijing Olympic Games, making a historic breakthrough expected by China for decades. Cheng went up next and put up a 16.000 for her 2½ twisting Yurchenko. She still scored a 15.150, her high difficulty keeping the score above 15. China's deputy sports minister has once more insisted that all the members of the Chinese gold-medal winning women's gymnastics team were old enough to take part in the Olympics. China's Jiang Yuyuan competes on the uneven bars during the women's team final of the artistic gymnastics event of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing on August 13, 2008. On balance beam, Jiang performed second. She scored a 15.450 to win China their first Olympic team gold medal. Younger gymnasts are lighter and more supple than adult gymn… This was a game the Chinese were going to win regardless. Jiang went up next and absolutely sold her routine, really playing to the home crowd with her music and choreography. Individual Score All-Around Nastia Liukin, USA 63. They performed very well, finishing first on uneven bars and floor exercise as a team and second on vault and balance beam. She was also a member of the Chinese team at the 2006 World Championships, where they won their first World team gold medal, and at the 2007 World Championships along with Yang Yilin, Jiang Yuyuan, and Li Shanshan, where the Chinese won the silver medal behind the United States. China’s gymnastics team … China overcome an injury-ravaged United States team to clinch their first gymnastics women's team Olympic title. Jiang went up first and hit her routine well to score a 15.975. by Matt Stopera. Li went up next and scored a 16.050. In the balance beam final, Li fell on her Rufolva, and while her high start value still got her a silver medal with a fall in the previous World Championships, it couldn't save her here. Full results of all the 2008 Summer Olympics artistic gymnastics events from Beijing, China on ESPN.com. This team is similar to the Magnificent 7, as they won their first team title on home soil. The Chinese team qualified first to the team final. Deng went up next and despite a few tiny mistakes scored a 15.925. On uneven bars, Jiang performed third and hit her routine to score a 15.875. Eight years has happened, people! Originally, Jiang was meant to be in the vault lineup in the team final, but she was having problems putting her 2½ twisting Yurchenko vault to her feet, and was switched out in favor of Deng. Cheng scored 15.950, much improved from the team final, and won the bronze behind USA's Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin. They entered the second rotation in first place. Previously, they have gotten into trouble over the age of their gymnasts. It was named "The Cheng" and given a 6.5 start value in the 2006-2008 Code of Points, same as the 2½ twisting Yurchenko. Despite a few balance checks, she scored a 15.425. China went to the last rotation still in first place. In 2010, the FIG erased Dong's scores, and the IOC stripped China of its team bronze for 2000 and from the 1999 World Championships. He scored a 16.725, which originally tied her for the gold with USA's Nastia Liukin. Chinese gymnast Yang Yilin practices floor exercise at the National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 7, 2008. The year was 2008. According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (SGMA), there are approximately 4.5 million artistic gymnasts in the United States, and 71% of them are female. The FIG accepted passport ages as valid proof and declared gymnasts eligible. Gymnastics Wiki is a FANDOM Lifestyle Community. From left to right are Cheng Fei, Yang Yilin, Li Shanshan, He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Deng Linlin. She scored 15.300 and placed sixth. During the Olympics, media focused their attention on He, Yang, Jiang, and Deng. Li competed on beam and floor, and qualified first to the balance beam final. She scored a 15.200. USA's Shawn Johnson performs on the Balance Beam at the Women's Team Gymnastics Final at the National Indoor Stadium at the Summer Olympics in Beijing on August 13, 2008. However, a tie breaker was induced to declare a single gold medalist. Jiang performed fourth but fell on her 2½ twisting Yurchenko, scoring a 14.825. Having been satisfied with the proof of age received from the Chinese Gymnastics Association, the FIG ended the investigation on 1 October 2008, concluding that He and her teammates were eligible to compete. Yang performed fifth with a well executed routine and scored a 15.750. Yang was in sixth at the end of the first rotation and Jiang was in thirteenth. Though no one debated if China was the best team that day, many questions arose about the age of the athletes on the Chinese team. Romania's Sandra Izbasa took the gold, and USA's Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin took silver and bronze, respectively. In 2008, China won its first ever team gold medal in women's gymnastics in impressive fashion, beating the second-place US team 188.900-186.525. China's Cheng fell from the beam when she was the first to compete, inviting a chorus of sighs from spectators. In a related story, Yang's teammate in 2000, Dong Fangxiao, was subsequently revealed to have lied about her age. China is the strongest team in the world," said Lu Shanzhen, head coach of the Chinese women's team. He went up last and performed her routine wonderfully to score a 16.850, one of the highest scores of the evening. The U.S. women finished with 186.525 points to earn their second consecutive Olympic team silver medal. The silver went to the United States which collected 186.525 points. The competition kicked off at 10:30 a.m. (0230 GMT) in the National Indoor Stadium. Access official results for the Beijing 2008 Volleyball event volleyball women at the Beijing 2008 Summer Games Olympics, plus view video highlights of top performances. The combo shows Team China competing in the women's qualification round for the Artistic Gymnastics at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games August 10, 2008. The Olympic team title on Wednesday was unprecedented since the Chinese team was set up more than 50 years ago. Cheng was named captain of the team. 30th Oct, 2018. Johnson, Liukin and their 2008 U.S. Olympic men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics teammates were honored for the 10-year anniversary of their accomplishments, which included 10 … They had the highest start values of any other team in the competition, which allowed them to win even with Cheng falling on balance beam. Chinese claimed their first world women's team title in the 2006 World Championships in Arhus, Denmark. The New York Times claimed that official media and some official Web sites in China, including that of the State General Administration of Sport, listed Chinese gymnasts' details which indicated that He Kexin, Jiang Yuyuan and Yang Yilin may have been as young as 14. China won the women's gymnastics team gold medal at the Beijing Olympic Games in Beijing on Wednesday. Smith wins historic GB bronze Louis Smith wins bronze in the men's pommel horse - Great Britain's first Olympics gymnastics medal in 80 years. [Agencies]. Yang performed fourth with a beautifully expressive routine that had one minor error. She became known for her excellent execution of the 2½ twisting Yurchenko, and submitted her own vault to the FIG: a round-off, half-on, 1½ twist off. Updated: 2008-08-13 12:20. However, a tie breaker was induced to declare a single gold.... 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