LIU Yang wins gold medal on still rings

Yang Liu of Team China competes on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)
Yang Liu of Team China competes on day ten of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre on August 02, 2021 in Tokyo, Japan. (Photo by Adam Pretty/Getty Images)

Teammate YOU Hao won silver in first 1-2 finish for gymnasts from People's Republic of China since Beijing 2008

China's LIU Yang and YOU Hao claimed the gold and silver medals on the still rings Monday (2 August) on the second of three days of artistic gymnastics apparatus finals. 2016 Olympic still rings champion Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece claimed the bronze medal.

Liu looked relaxed, adding flare to his routine - rolling his neck around while performing an iron cross strength hold. He dismounted with a tucked, double-double dismount with a small hop for a 15.500 score and the Olympic title. You was close behind with a 15.300 with Petrounias just behind at 15.200.

The one-two finish is the first for male gymnasts from People's Republic of China since the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing when CHEN Yibing and YANG Wei claimed the two top spots. Liu's gold is the first for a Chinese athlete in gymnastics at the Tokyo 2020 Games.

On the victory podium, You placed the gold medal around Liu's neck before the duo embraced.

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Eleftherios Petrounias, known in artistic gymnastics circles as the one on rings to rule them all, demonstrates his skill at Rio 2016, where he won gold.