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Huang/Zheng claim women's doubles title at Denmark Open******
ODENSE, Denmark, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- Chinese shuttlers Huang Dongping and Zheng Yu beat second seeds Lee So-hee and Shin Seung-chan of South Korea here on Sunday to claim the women's doubles title at the BWF Denmark Open.
The newly-paired Huang and Zheng continued to surprise since shocking Tokyo Olympic champions Greysia Polii and Apriyani Rahayu of Indonesia in the quarterfinal. They won the final in straight sets 21-15, 21-17.
"I'm really happy to win the title with my new partner. Frankly speaking, I did not expect to go as far as the final, or even to win the title," said Zheng. "I was very surprised to win the matches one after another. The coach and Huang have always given me confidence to keep fighting. I tried many new tactics in the final and they worked."
Having collected Sudirman Cup, Uber Cup and Denmark Open titles, Huang had won all her matches except the mixed doubles semifinal.
Huang told Xinhua she hoped to challenge herself to see if she could continue to improve after three consecutive tournaments.
"Honestly, I think I can go on fighting. I'm always thinking how to play the game under exhausting scenarios," said the Tokyo Olympic mixed doubles champion.
"It was a perfect tour for me in the past few weeks, though I lost the mixed doubles semifinal here in Odense," added Huang. "But winning most of the games is actually the proof of my power. I'm lucky to win these titles."
Elsewhere, Tokyo Olympic champion Viktor Axelsen shone at Odense Sports Park by beating world No. 1 men's singles player Kento Momota 20-22, 21-18, 21-12 in their final clash.
"Obviously Kento is really strong opponent, a fantastic player. The first set was tough for me mentally and physically. I thought I should take the chance to grab the first set, but Kento played a really stable game," said the Dane.
"In the second set, I was thinking, 'Oh no, not again.' But then Kento was a little bit relaxed in the second set and struggled a little bit in the third," added the Odense-born shuttler. "It goes up and down in a match like this one when you are so close and playing against a great player."
The 27-year-old told Xinhua that beating Kento in the final on home soil was a dream come true. "After the Olympics, I could have laid back a little bit, but my goal is to reach the highest level I can."
Elsewhere, Japanese shuttlers dominated the finals by winning the women's singles, the men's doubles and the mixed doubles.
An Se-young took the first set 21-18 against second seed Akane Yamaguchi, who fought back and took a nail-biting second set 25-23. The fifth-seeded South Korean retired while trailing 16-5 in the decider to Yamaguchi.
Takuro Hoki and Yugo Kobayashi smashed Denmark's Kim Astrup and Anders Skaarup Rasmussen 21-18, 21-12 to win the men's doubles title.
Fourth-seeded mixed doubles pair Yuta Watanabe and Arisa Higashino overwhelmed second seeds Dechapol Puavaranukroh and Sapsiree Taerattanachai of Thailand 21-18, 21-9. Enditem
Chinese youngsters look to challenge Olympic stars at gymnastics worlds******
By sportswriter Wang Zijiang
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Oct. 17 (Xinhua) -- None of China's Olympic star gymnasts will compete at the World Championships but their young peers have set their sights on the Paris Olympic Games in 2024.
Ye Zhennan, China's team manager, said that the 10 young athletes already have the capability to challenge the established stars like Japan's all-around Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto and all-time great Kohei Uchimura, who was born here 32 years ago.
China claimed three gold, three silver and two bronze medals to top the medal tally at the Tokyo Olympic gymnastics competition. But the Chinese team decided to leave the stars at home and send 10 second-tier players to the world championships, which is slated for Oct. 18-24.
"After the Tokyo Olympics, all the gymnasts took part in the Chinese National Games in late September. They need to take a break," Ye said.
The strength of the young gymnasts can hardly be underestimated and Ye predicted that some of them will definitely shine in Paris and they have shown their potential at the Chinese National Games.
On the men's side, Shi Cong is a member of the team champion of Jiangsu Province. Hu Xuwei won the horizontal bar gold, Huang Mingqi was the vault champion and Zhang Boheng took the bronze in the floor exercise.
"Zhang Boheng has made impressive progress in the all-around event," Ye said. "If he plays his best, he can pose some threat to Daiki Hashimoto."
In the women's team, Wei Xiaoyuan was the biggest star at the Chinese National Games winning the all-around gold. Luo Rui helped Guangdong Province win the team title. Qi Qi took two bronzes in the team and vault events. Li Shijia, who will be the first to show up on the opening day's competition here on Monday, finished fourth in the balance beam.
More than 300 gymnasts from 56 countries and regions are competing for 12 sets of medals - seven for men's and five for women's events, at the World Championships.
Headlining the competition are five newly-minted Olympic gold medallists Hashimoto, Brazil's Rebeca Andrade, South Korea's Shin Jeahwan, and a pair of Russians Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova.
"This event is nearly unparalleled in gymnastics," said FIG president Watanabe Morinari, who was also a Kitakyushu native. "Not for 25 years has a World Championships been held in an Olympic year. Japan is thrilled to welcome back the Olympic stars as well as the talented newcomers who will battle for the titles."
Although being held under difficult conditions due to the global pandemic, Norifumi Yamamoto, president of the local organizing committee, is looking forward to hosting the historic championships.
"We are under the threat of COVID-19, but we are sharing our great sport of gymnastics with the world," he said. Enditem