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China’s B team impressive, but U.S. men disappointing in Beijing

November 30, 2007

Beijing Test Event: Great meet for Jiang Yuyuan. Not so for the U.S. men’s team.

The Americans sent three inexperienced and three somewhat experienced newcomers to Beijing for what International Gymnast Magazine termed a “dry run.”

It was dry all right.

The U.S. men wound up eighth out of the eight teams that competed. China, whose B team could probably win an Olympic medal, held off the challenge from the Japanese, the South Koreans and the Germans by performing solidly in front of the home crowd, some of whom were decked out in the same shades of red and yellow that the Chinese wear at many international meets.

China’s Lu Bin, now 28,¬†topped the standings with a 16.525 on vault and delivered a solid 15.95 on still rings. Teammate Yan Mingyong posted the best score on rings with a 16.275. Feng Zhe was the only competitor to break 16 on parallel bars, scoring a 16.175.

Yan Mingyong, 2007 Shanghai World Cup Finals, Still Rings:

Feng Zhe, 2007 Glasgow Grand Prix Finals, Parallel Bars:

The Koreans did well on floor, where the high (15.725) came from Kim Soomyun. The Romanians shone on pommel horse; Daniel Popescu was the high scorer there with a 15.375, while Germany’s Fabian Hambuchen dominated the high bar standings with a 15.95, seven tenths higher than his nearest competitor.

Daniel Popescu, 2007 Moscow Stars, Pommel Horse:

World all-around silver medalist Hambuchen, who posted the highest all-around score in the preliminaries, competed everything but pommel horse and scored no lower than 14.875. Reigning U.S. Champion David Durante had one of the worser meets of his career, managing only 11.775 on pommel horse and 12.825 on parallel bars.