Gymnastics -- and its first-ever European tour, China beat Britain by a narrow margin in a match at Wembly Stadium in London on Wednesday (6 July).
GV INTERIOR: Gymnastics stadium,
SV: Susan Cheese brought of Britain on asymmetric bars.
SV: Ya Chun Liu of China performing
SV: Ian Neale of Britain performing on parallel bars.
GV: Lung Huang of China performing on parallel bars
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Background: Gymnastics -- and its first-ever European tour, China beat Britain by a narrow margin in a match at Wembly Stadium in London on Wednesday (6 July). The men won by 274.4 points to 264.75, and the women slightly less easily with 188.4 to 183.65.
SYNOPSIS: It was also the first time that China has competed on the world scene for the past 16 years Britain's Susan Cheesebrough a 17-year-old schoolgirl, has in contrast to her rivals already appeared in two international matches as well as the Olympic games in Montreal last year. But on the asymmetric bras, normally one of her favourites, she failed to perform up to her normal standard and scored a low 8.95 to come tenth out of twelve.
Miss Ya Chun Liu, a year younger at 16, is China's national Overall Champion. She took the title this year after being placed third for the past two years. Her performance on the beam at Wembley in which she took second place, with 9.5 points helped give her fifth place overall.
Ian Neale of Britain, a 22-year old student, has represented his country in the Olympics, the World Championships, and in several European meetings. he holds national titles for several categories --including
This performance gave him only third place on the bars with 9.45 points -- but he did take second overall.
Last time China Performed internationally, in 1962, the men came fourth and the women sixth. Now, following their London appearance it seems they've every chance of climbing further up the international ladder.
Twenty-five-years-old Lung Huang on the bars - for joint third with 9.4, points and fourth overall.