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Fan favorite Shang Chunsong was left devastated over missing on selection for Team China at the upcoming Worlds.

She was named as an alternate.

"I have actually thought about this outcome before (worlds selection) but when they announced it today, I couldn't stop myself from crying," Chunsong wrote on Tiebo. "It seems that I will have some regrets in my gym career but I hope in my last few competitions, I can have a better ending."

Chunsong left the National Games, which is being held this month, with only one medal - a bronze on floor exercise.

She placed fourth with her team in the team final, fifth in the all around and fourth on uneven bars.

Her performance at the National Games likely led to her not being chosen to represent the country at Worlds.

Liu Tingting, Luo Huan, Fan Yilin and Wang Yan were named to China's Worlds team.

Tingting was set to compete at Rio Olympics but an injury forced her to withdraw. Luo Huan turned senior last year but did not make the Olympic squad. Wang Yan was part of the teams which won silver at 2015 World championships and bronze at 2016 Olympics.

Chunsong turned senior in 2012. She had her first major international competition at 2013 Worlds where she finished in eighth place in the all around and sixth place on balance beam.

At 2014 World championships, she won silver with the team and placed twelfth in the all around. At 2015 World championships, she won also silver with the team and placed fourth in the all around and on floor exercise, and sixth on uneven bars. 

At Rio Olympic Games, she led her team to a bronze medal win, and finished in fourth place in the all around and in fifth place on the uneven bars.

The upcoming World championships will be held between October 2 and 8 in Montreal. It will only feature individual competitions.

Written by Gigi Farid. 




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