Wang at the 2016 Olympic Games
October 30 1999
Years on National Team
Wang Qunce, Xu Jinglei
Injured - foot
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
|2013||Chinese National Championships||5||10||4|
|Liaoning Chinese National Games||8||4||4||6|
|Japan Junior International||2nd||2nd||5||3rd|
|2014||Junior Asian Championships||2nd||1st||4||2nd|
|Chinese National Championships||7||3rd||1st||3rd|
|Nanjing Youth Olympic Games||4||1st||3rd||1st|
|2015||Li-Ning Cup Eastern Qualifier||4|
|Chinese National Championships||5||2nd||1st||5||1st|
|Hiroshima Asian Championships||2nd||2nd||1st||3rd||1st|
|Glasgow World Championships||2nd||11||6||5|
|2016||Chinese National Championships||4||8||8|
|Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games||3rd||6||5||5|
|2017||Melbourne World Cup||1st|
2016 - "Run Boy Run" by Woodkid