Yao, Liu Mine More Gold For China in Nanning
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China's Yao Jinnan and Liu Yang won two more gold medals for the host nation in Saturday's apparatus finals at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning. Pictured: An ecstatic Yao Jinnan won her first world championship gold.

China's Yao Jinnan and Liu Yang won two more gold medals for the host nation in Saturday's apparatus finals at the 2014 World Championships in Nanning.

Yao, who owned individual silver and bronze medals from the 2011 World Championships, finally won her first world gold on uneven bars. Yao edged her teammate, defending world champion Huang Huidan for gold, 15.633-15.566. Russia's Daria Spiridonova won the bronze medal with 15.283.

Yao, the final competitor, was overjoyed with her winning routine and went for a quick sprint across the arena to hug her teammates and coaches. (Though Yao nailed her 6.9-Difficulty routine, she did not wear her competition bib, which should have incurred a .3 neutral deduction.)

Huang, who also nailed her routine, cried in disappointment but was consoled by Yao.

"When I saw Huang Huidan crying, I really thought that she did better than me," she said. "So it's just a feeling that I don't know how to express."

Liu won the still rings title, defeating reigning world and Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti of Brazil. Liu's routine in the team final helped China take its sixth consecutive team title earlier this week in Nanning.

Liu had the top execution score of the still rings final, 9.033, but said he still has work to do.

"I still have a long way to go, so I still need work hard," Liu said of his routine.

Teammate You Hao tied Russia's Denis Ablyazin for the bronze medal after the Chinese successfully submitted an inquiry to increase his Difficulty score from 6.9 to 7.0.

North Korea's Hong Un Jong, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist, beat all-around champion Simone Biles (U.S.) for the women's vault title. Both gymnasts competed Amanars as first vaults, but Hong threw a Cheng as her second vault and Biles vaulted a layout Popdkopayeva. U.S. gymnast MyKayla Skinner won the bronze (Cheng; double-twisting Yurchenko).

Ablyazin won the gold medal on floor exercise, the first world championship gold medal for the Russian men in 15 years. Ablyazin hop small hops on all his tumbling (Randi; layout double-double; front double full to double front; layout Thomas; piked Arabian double front; 2 1/2 to front full; triple twist; 7.1 Difficulty) but was otherwise clean.

Defending world champion Kenzo Shirai (Japan) had the highest D-score with 7.4, but had a large step and went out of bounds on his 2 1/2 to Randi pass. He successfully performed his eponymous skill, the quadruple twist, as his dismount. The step out of bounds was enough to drop him to silver, however.

2005 and 2007 world champion Diego Hypolito won the bronze, his fifth world championship medal. Hypolito had originally been the alternate for Brazil in Nanning, but replaced teammate Caio Souza (foot injury) after podium training.

On pommel horse, Olympic champion Krizstian Berki (Hungary) recaptured the world title he had lost in 2013. 2008 Olympic silver medalist Filip Ude (Croatia) won the bronze over France's Cyril Tommasone.

Competition concludes Sunday with the final day of apparatus finals.

Click here for full results and start list for apparatus finals.

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