Thu, 09 Jul 2020

BEIJING, May 29 (Xinhua) -- China gymnastics team had the first team contest on Thursday after concluding a 3-month winter training camp in Beijing, focusing more on individual movements and body build-up.

World champions like Xiao Ruoteng, Zou Jingyuan, Lin Chaopan, Deng Shudi and Sun Wei conducted 47 new difficult movements in the first team test this year, including four 0.7-difficulty-point movements.

"I can't be more satisfied with our young athletes' performance today, no matter the numbers or the difficulties of the movements," said Miao Zhongyi, the president of Chinese Gymnastics Association.

At the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, China's squad suffered a bitter overall result, winning just three silver and two bronze medals.

With the Tokyo Olympics in sight, Team China decided to locked their top gymnasts in the training center for nearly 100 days to work on their movements and bodies.

"I think we've chose the right way -- be strong enough to achieve the goal -- to win more gold medals in Tokyo," said Miao. "Our biggest problem is that we are not stable enough."

After a short break, Team China travels to Qin Huangdao training base in Hebei province to meet Chinese winter Olympic teams there.

"We've made a specific plan and I hope that we can have more inspirations from them," Miao added.

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