Shang: China Can Do Better in Team Final
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After her team dominated the second day of women's qualifications at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, gymnast Shang Chunsong openly spoke to Chinese journalists.

After her team dominated the second day of women's qualifications at the 45th Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Nanning, gymnast Shang Chunsong openly spoke to Chinese journalists.

Shang expressed her own personal disappointment with how she did during the recent Asian Games and also in qualifications in Nanning. Shang credited overthinking and fatigue from the Asian Games as the reasons she did not perform up to her own standards.

When asked by journalists what her game plan was heading into Wednesday's team finals, she stated, "To adjust myself and avoid the mistakes I made today in the team competition. Also, challenging myself to work hard and do my best in the team competition."

She also admitted to feeling the pressure to qualify individually to the all-around and event finals. "Next, we just have to relax ourselves and compete for the team. I think we will do better when we are relaxed."

When asked if she thought China would win its first women's world team gold since 2006, Shang coyly responded with, "It's hard to say."

However, Shang said she was most disappointed in not making the balance beam finals in Nanning. After making mistakes at the recent Asian Games on beam, Shang burst into tears and lost her composure. This time, after a small mistake in Nanning cost her a spot in the balance beam finals, Shang said she was able to stay composed.

"I wanted to cry this time too, but I held it together," she said.

In qualification, the Chinese team finished second overall with a score of 230.753, well behind the Americans' 235.038 but still ahead of Russia's 228.135. China did however finish first as a team on the uneven bars and balance beam, while the Americans finished first on both vault and floor exercise. The team finals will be in the three-up, three-count format.

Individually, Shang qualified eighth to Thursday's individual all-around final. Defending champion Simone Biles of the United States qualified first ahead of 2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia and 2012 Olympian Larisa Iordache of Romania. Shang's teammate, Yao Jinnan, qualified in fourth.

In the event finals, Yao and defending uneven bars world champion Huang Huidan lead the way on bars. Yao and teammate Bai Yawen also qualified to the balance finals. No Chinese woman attempted to qualify for the vault final, while Shang missed a spot in the floor exercise finals by .2. She is the second reserve for that event.

The Chinese women hope to duplicate the same victory the Chinese men accomplished in the men's team finals on Monday where they beat the Japanese by .1 of a point.

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GymCrazyGal said:

Unfortunately, China melted down on what is normally its best event. However, I think that even if China had hit bars, it would have been difficult for them to beat the U.S. this time around.
October 08, 2014
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