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Yang Bo Delivers A Solid Beam Routine Up Until She Dismounted

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni China's Yang Bo delivered a very innovative and solid balance beam during the event finals of the 1989 Wor...

Photo by Silvia Vatteroni
China's Yang Bo delivered a very innovative and solid balance beam during the event finals of the 1989 World championships.

She performed a very original acrobatic series; a back handspring (B) to layout step out (C) to a Ruflova (D), worth 0.2 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus according to the 2017-2020 CoP. She then did a forward aerial (D) to a scale (A). The rule states that in order for a gymnast to receive a 0.1 connection bonus for a D rated acro to scale, she must not take a single step. Hence, Bo won't be receiving any connection bonus. 

She performed her signature skill 'from Cross stand – Jump to cross over split with body arched and head dropped backward', which is worth a D, and a back handspring (B) to two LOSOs (C), worth 0.1 connection bonus and 0.1 series bonus.

No hesitation, no wobbles took place in the routine. Sadly, she under rotated her double back tuck dismount and took five steps in order not to fall. Gymnasts receive a 0.1 deduction for each step.

The routine could have been perfect and a medal worthy, had she not struggled on her dismount. 

Despite being known for her innovative style on beam, she had never won a medal on it at a major international competition.




Written by Gigi Farid


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