Was Yang Yun 14 in Sydney?

From The New York Times article that makes waves about the ages of Chinese gymnasts slated to compete in Beijing.

Yang Yun of China won individual and team bronze medals at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and later said in an interview on state-run television that she had been 14 at the time of those Games. A Hunan Province sports administration report also said later that she had been 14 when she competed in Sydney.

If she really was 14 in Sydney, the charismatic Yang, reportedly the girlfriend/fiance of Olympic favorite Yang Wei, fooled a lot of people. He Kexin doesn’t look her reported age, but Yang did.

Yang Yun, 2000 Olympic Games Event Finals, Uneven Bars:

If Yang wasn’t old enough to compete in Sydney, who else wasn’t either?

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4 Responses to “Was Yang Yun 14 in Sydney?”

  1. Catherine Says:

    it’s funny because yang yun, at 14 here, looks about 3 years older than kexin

  2. Jayme Says:

    If you fail a drug test then you are required to return your medal along with a team medal if it is found that it occured during a relay event so why is it that this gymnast and the Chinese admit to her age yet nothing was ever done about it? Andrea Raduccan had to give up her gold so why didn’t Yang Yun have to give up her bronze and the Chinese punished? The North Koreans were punished for doing the same thing back in the early 90’s. I believe that in the Olympic Spirit a more in depth investigation needs to be made and that a rule should be instilled if you are found to be younger than the required age to compete in an event. You should not keep your medal and go without punishment. This is just showing our children today that it is ok to lie and cheat your way in life.

  3. Sarah Says:

    Correct me if I’m wrong, but wasn’t the age rule made more recently than that? I don’t think the world would let anyone, especially the Chinese, get away with PROVEN rule-breaking.

  4. Michael Chuang Says:

    Yang Yun doesn’t have to give up her bronze because the claim is a SPECULATION.

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