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China reaps second Olympic trampoline gold

Source: Xinhua | 08-19-2008 21:58

Special Report:   2008 Beijing Olympic Games

BEIJING, Aug. 19 (Xinhua) -- China's Lu Chunlong stormed to the host nation's second Olympic trampoline gold medal Tuesday at the Beijing Olympic Games.

China's Lu Chunlong competes during trampoline men's final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 19, 2008. Lu claimed the title of the event with a score of 41.00. (Xinhua Photo)
China's Lu Chunlong competes during trampoline
 men's final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at
 National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug.
 19, 2008. Lu claimed the title of the event 
with a score of 41.00. (Xinhua Photo)

Lu took the gold in 41 points, followed by Burnett Jason from Canada, in 40.70. Lu's teammate Dong Dong won the bronze in 40.60.

Yesterday, China's female trampolinist He Wenna already won the host country's first Olympic trampoline gold medal.

Lu, first in the qualifications, took to the floor as the last of the 8 finalists. Before the cheering home crowd, he executed high-flying somersaults and twists and scored his winning mark at a difficulty of 16.2 points.

China's He Wenna gestures after her performance during trampoline women's final of Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, China, Aug. 18, 2008. He claimed the title of the event with a score of 37.80. (Xinhua Photo)
China's He Wenna gestures after her performance
 during trampoline women's final of Beijing 2008
 Olympic Games at National Indoor Stadium in 
Beijing, China, Aug. 18, 2008. He claimed the
 title of the event with a score of 37.80. 
(Xinhua Photo)

Burnett Jason started with the highest difficulty value of 16.8 points, but ended second with lower execution mark.

"Our female counterparts already won China's first Olympic trampoline gold. I think we cannot lose to them," Lu said.

"I was surprised when I saw Dong's score was the second high and I felt a little bitter nervous," he said. But he said he overcame his nerves after two flips. "I knew I cannot afford any mistakes, so I just went ahead," he said.


Editor:Si Qintu