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Wang Yan
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Wang at the 2016 Olympic Games

Country represented

Flag of China China

Born

October 30 1999 (1999-10-30) (age 17)
Beijing, China

Years on National Team

2013-present

Coach(es)

Wang Qunce, Xu Jinglei

Current status

Injured - foot[1]

Wang Yan (Chinese: 王妍, pinyin: Wáng Yán, born October 30 in Beijing) is an elite Chinese gymnast and 2016 Olympian. She is the 2014 Youth Olympic Champion on vault and balance beam and Youth Olympic bronze medalist on uneven bars.

Career

2013

Wang competed at the Chinese Nationals, placing fourth on balance beam, fifth with her team, and tenth in the all-around. She went on to compete at the Chinese National Games, placing fourth in the all-around and on vault, sixth on floor, and eighth with her team. She made her international debut at the Japan Junior International, winning silver in the all-around and on vault, bronze on beam, and placing fifth on uneven bars.

2014

In April, she competed at the Junior Asian Championships in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, winning all-around gold, team and floor silver, and placing fourth on vault. At the Chinese Nationals in May, she won vault bronze, all-around and floor bronze, and placed seventh with her team.

She was selected to represent China at the Youth Olympics in her home country, and became a heavy favorite to medal. In the all-around, she fell on uneven bars and balance beam, but came back with a great floor routine that landed her in fourth place. She went on to capture titles on vault and balance beam, as well as a bronze on uneven bars.

Senior Career

2015

Wang's senior debut came at the Eastern Qualifier for the Li-Ning Cup in April, where she placed fourth in the all-around. She also showed some upgrades, including a double twisting double back on floor exercise. At the Chinese National Championships in June, she won vault and floor exercise gold, all-around silver, and placed fifth with her team and on balance beam.

In late July, she competed at the Asian Championships in Hiroshima, Japan. She won vault and floor exercise gold, team and all-around silver, and balance beam bronze. In October, she competed at the World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. She helped the Chinese take the silver medal, but didn't have much success individually, placed fifth on beam, sixth on vault, and eleventh in the all-around.

2016

Wang competed at the Chinese National Championships in May, placing fourth in the all-around. She suffered falls in the event finals, resulting in her finishing eighth on both balance beam and floor exercise. She was confirmed as a member of the Chinese Olympic team in July.[2]

Rio Olympics

China competed in the first subdivision of qualifications, starting on balance beam. China qualified second into the team final and Wang qualified seventh to the vault final, sixth into the floor exercise final, and fifth to the all-around. In the team final, China could not replicate their success from the last two World Championships and instead won the bronze. Wang placed sixth in the all-around and fifth in the vault and floor exercise finals.

2017

Wang continued to compete after Rio. In February, she competed at the Melbourne World Cup in Australia, qualifying for vault and floor finals. She won gold on vault, but suffered a minor foot injury and pulled out of the floor exercise final. She was well enough to compete at the Doha World Cup in March, but after qualifying first to the vault final, she re-injured her foot and had to pull out of the competition altogether.[3]

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
2013Chinese National Championships5104
Liaoning Chinese National Games8446
Japan Junior International2nd2nd53rd
2014Junior Asian Championships2nd1st42nd
Chinese National Championships73rd1st3rd
Nanjing Youth Olympic Games41st3rd1st
2015Li-Ning Cup Eastern Qualifier4
Chinese National Championships52nd1st51st
Hiroshima Asian Championships2nd2nd1st3rd1st
Glasgow World Championships2nd1165
2016Chinese National Championships488
Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games3rd655
2017Melbourne World Cup1st

Floor Music

2014 - "Veerapandi Kottayilae" by Unni Menon & Mano

2016 - "Run Boy Run" by Woodkid

References

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