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As the fourth place all-around finisher by 0.116 points from medalling in the Rio Olympics, Chinese veteran Shang Chunsong vowed to pick up where she left off right after the Olympics.  However, a recent defeat in the National Games seemed to have shaken her determination.

On September 4th, after the Chinese WAG World Team was announced, Shang was in tears as she was only selected as an alternate. She later wrote on her Weibo that she had "anticipated this result, but still could not hold back tears when it was announced". She then added that her career as a gymnast would "leave regrets", and that she hoped to end her career with good performances in the remaining event finals. It was yet to be confirmed by coaches whether Shang Chunsong would retire immediately after the National Games.

Should that be confirmed, Shang Chunsong will be one of the many Chinese veterans who would start their new lives after gymnastics this year, the others being Huang Huidan, Tan Jixin, Chen Siyi and Bai Yawen. Gymnasts who will represent China in the coming Worlds are Wang Yan, Liu Tingting, Luo Huan and Fan Yulin. Shang Chunsong and Liu Jinru will be the alternates.

Written by Valerie Theodora Ko



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