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Yang Bo
Yang bo 1989 worlds
Yang at the 1989 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships

Country represented

Flag of China China

Born

September 8, 1973 (age 40)
Ningbo, Zhejiang, China

Years on National Team

1987-1992

Current status

Retired

Yang Bo (Chinese: 楊 波, pinyin: Yáng Bō, born September 8 in Ningbo, Zheijiang) is a retired Chinese artistic gymnast. She represented China at the 1989 and 1991 World Championships and the 1992 Olympics. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest gymnasts ever on the balance beam, for which she has a signature move named after her: a split jump with body arched and head dropped. Although widely renowned for her work on beam, Yang often had difficulty landing her dismounts which prevented her from medalling at several major competitions.

Career

Her international debut cam at the 1987 World Sports Fair, placing 4th in the all-around. The following year, at the Catania Cup, she won silver in the all-around.

In 1989, she competed at the Australian Grand Prix, winning silver in the all-around and gold on bars and beam. She went on to win the all-around at the Beijing International. At the World Championships in Stuttgart, Yang performed an innovative beam routine during the team and individual all-round competitions, where she placed 5th. The Chinese team took the bronze medal in the team final. In the event finals, she under-rotated her dismount and placed 7th. She also placed 6th on bars and 7th on floor. At the Chunichi Cup later that year, she placed 12th in the all-around.

In 1990, she competed at the French International, winning gold on bars and beam and bronze in the all-around. At the Asian Games in Beijing, she finished 6th in the all-around, 3rd on beam, and won the team gold. Later that year, she won the beam title at the World Cup Final in Brussels, and placed 4th in the all-around and on bars, 5th on vault, and 6th on floor. She also won the all-around at the China Cup. At the 1991 World Championships, she placed 5th in the balance beam with a score of 9.887.

She competed at the 1992 Summer Olympics, placing 4th with her team, and 25th in the all-around. She fell off the balance beam in the event finals, though was able to stick the landing of her dismount. She placed 7th in that event with a score of 9.300.

Yang retired from gymnastics in 1993 and pursued her university studies in journalism. She went on to enter show business and has been seen in TV shows with singing and acting performances in the 2000s (decade).

Medal Count

Year Event TF AA VT UB BB FX
1987World Sports Fair4
1988Catania Cup2nd
1989Australian Grand Prix2nd1st1st
Beijing International1st
Stuttgart World Championships3rd5677
Chunichi Cup 12
1990French International3rd1st1st
Brussels World Cup Final4541st6
China Cup1st
1991Indianapolis World Championships45
1992Barcelona Olympic Games4257

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