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After Montreal's vault final, Wang Yan told reporters that she wishes to retire from the sport.

"For retirement it is not up to me, it will be decided by the team," she said according to the translator. "Even though I personally want to retire, it is for the team to decide."

She also said that she wishes to take a break to recover from her injuries. 

Yan has been dealing with a nagging ankle injury for quite sometime. 

Before the all around competition in Montreal, it was rumored that the 17 year old gymnast injured her knee during warm up on floor exercise.

According to Chinese gymnastics Tumblr blogger 16-233, her provincial team can reserve the right to ask her to stay through pressuring her, like for example not providing education or hindering her success as a student.

Tan Sixin, London Olympic alternate, was rumored to deeply want to retire but knowing that her provincial team would stand in her way of getting into the school she wanted, she had to continue competing till the National Games.

Yan was initially set to compete on floor exercise and vault in Montreal, but was upgraded to an all arounder after it was decided for teammate Liu Tinting to compete only on balance beam following an injury.

She finished in 19th place in the final and in the vault finals, she had a sixth place position.

Wang turned senior in 2015 where she won a silver medal at World championships with the team. She was selected to compete at the Rio Olympics Games. There, she helped her team to win a bronze medal and made three individual finals. She finished sixth in the all around and fifth on vault and floor exercise.


Written by Gigi Farid

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