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Yang Wei claims men's all-around gymnastics title
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China's all-conquering gymnast Yang Wei won the men's all-around title with a convincing 94.575 points Thursday at the Beijing Olympics.

Chinese Yang Wei wins men's individual all-around gymnastics Olympic gold.

Chinese Yang Wei wins men's individual all-around gymnastics Olympic gold. 

Yang, a three-time Olympian with two world championships all-around gold under his belt, stormed to his first Olympic all-around victory by beating runner-up Kohei Uchimura by 2.60 points. Caranobe Benoit of France settled for bronze.

It's also China's second gymnastics men's all-around title after Li Xiaoshuang's at the Atlanta Olympics in 1996.

Surviving his nearly-failed last apparatus of horizontal bar, his weakest of all six apparatus which produced his lowest 14.775 points, a jubilant Yang celebrated even before his final score was accumulated, waving the Chinese national flag to the cheering home fans.

Yang, well-known for his awesome preciseness of movements, started with a comparatively plain start on floor exercise when he stepped outside the marked area and ended with a below-average 15.250 points.

He pushed two blocks up from 10th to 8th after pommel horse routine. On rings, the 28-year-old launched a strong surge, amid deafening cheers and applause from home fans for his unbelievable straightness.

Rings produced 16.625 points and took Yang up to second place only after Yang Taeyoung of South Korea. Vault sent him further to top when he scored 16.550, and a 16.100 points on parallel bars further extended his lead.

But horizontal bar nearly brought Yang a last-minute defeat as he was seen on the verge of loosing grip of the bar. When he survived, the crowd burst into cheers and chants "Yang Wei, Yang Wei". Broad smile came to his face for the first time.

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