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China on course for full Olympic quota at Trampoline Worlds

2019-11-29 15:20:00 Xinhuanet

TOKYO, Nov. 28 (Xinhua) -- China earned full quotas for both men's and women's individual semifinals at the 34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships here on Thursday, as their hopes for next year's Olympic Games increased.

"Our goal here is to gain the full quotas to Tokyo 2020. Today is a good start for us," said Lu Chunlong, the 2008 Olympic gold medalist now looking to achieve Olympic glory managing the national team.

China's established trampolinists Gao Lei, Dong Dong and Tu Xiao all breezed through the qualification for the men's individual trampoline, just behind in-form Rio 2016 Olympic gold medallist Uladzislau Hancharou from Belarus.

Despite Zhu Xueying's error in her second routine, China also grasped three full quotas in the women's individual trampoline. Liu Lingling and teammate Huang Yanfei stood atop the qualification round, while Li Dan followed Japan's Mori Hikaru in fourth place.

Both semifinals of men's and women's individual trampoline will be held on November 30.

The 34th FIG Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships will run from November 28 to December 1 and also serve as a test event for Tokyo 2020. There will be the added incentive of up to 16 Olympic qualification berths on offer for the individual trampoline specialists.

A total of 336 gymnasts representing 37 countries and regions will be chasing 15 gold medals in the city's dazzling new Ariake Gymnastics Centre, host venue for Trampoline, Artistic and Rhythmic Gymnastics at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

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