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China shine at gymnastics meet

AFP, ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS

Olympic men’s champions China led the way in qualifying at the world gymnastics championships here on Tuesday as Japan’s Kohei Uchimura looked poised to defend his individual title.

Three-time defending champions China scored 362.482 points on the second of two-day qualifying to put them over a point ahead of early leaders Japan (361.400) with the US third on 357.092.

The 21-year-old Uchimura, a silver medalist at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, had battled through an inflamed shoulder injury on Monday to score 92.231.

No one could touch him on Tuesday, with Germany’s Philipp Boy (90.156) his nearest challenger over two points behind.

China’s Lu Bo finished third (89.639), ahead of American Jonathan Horton (89.598), with China’s Olympic gold medalist Teng Haibin qualifying ninth.

Uchimura, however, only qua-lified for one of the six apparatus finals — the floor — after taking the eighth and final qualifying spot.

The Chinese look set to dominate once more and are also poised for gold medals on three of the apparatus.

Olympic champion Chen Yibing led on the rings ahead of defending world champion Yan Mingyong with Zhang Chenglong scoring highest on the high bar.

Feng Zhe looks set for a battle with fellow Chinese Teng for supremacy on the parallel bars.

Greece’s Eleftherios Kosmidis scored highest on the floor with two-time silver medalist Krisztian Berki of Hungary hoping to finally land gold as he led the way on the pommel horse.

Britain, Germany, Russia, South Korea and France round off the teams qualifying for today’s finals with the individual all-around final taking place tomorrow and the apparatus events at the weekend.

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