Third after the preliminary round, China’s Jiang Yuyuan rallied to win the Good Luck Beijing International Invitational Thursday, International Gymnast Magazine reported.
Jiang, did not compete beam at the 2007 World Championships, posted the highest score on all four events during the all-around final to edge Australian Daria Joura, who led after the preliminary round. Jiang had a 15.4 on balance beam, a 15.725 on uneven bars, a 15.225 on floor and a 14.875 on vault. Joura also posted a 14.875 on vault.
The tiny, charismatic Jiang is quickly making a case for her inclusion on China’s 2008 Olympic team.
Jiang Yuyuan, 2007 World Championships Event Finals, Floor Exercise:
American Bridget Sloan was third. 15.1 on balance beam was her high.
2005 World Champion Chellsie Memmel came in fifth behind Australian newcomer Lauren Mitchell. Memmel posted a 14.55 on uneven bars and a 14.7 on balance beam, but barely cracked 14s on floor and vault, where she competed a watered down Yurchenko full.
Canadian national champion Kristina Vaculik, Russian veteran Svetlana Klyukina, Great Britain’s Marissa King, Dutch standout Verona van der Leur and Romanian Andreea Grigore rounded out the top 10.