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Chen Yibing becomes rings king at Beijing Olympics
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Chen Yibing claimed rings title on Monday at the Beijing Olympics, the second Olympic gold in the event in China's gymnastic history.

Chen Yibing

Chen Yibing 

It took China 24 years to make the achievement after the sport's legend Li Ning brought the first rings gold at the Los Angeles Olympics.

That was also the hosts' sixth gymnastic gold at the Beijing Olympics, breaking the record of four golds in the sport also set at the Los Angeles Olympics.

Chen, who made his Olympic debut, remained quite calm in the final despite chants of "Come on" from home fans. Showing no slight sign of shivers, he moved easily from one position to another and put an end to the routine with a solid landing. The next-to-perfect performance won the hearts of judges and secured Chen's leading position with a score of 16.600.

His teammate Yang Wei took the silver by gaining 16.425, sharing the greatest difficulty of 7.5 with French gymnast Danny Pinheiro Rodrigues among eight finalists.

Oleksandr Vorobiov from Ukraine settled the bronze with 16.325.

"I have desired to capture the gold for long. It is not an easy job to reach the goal and I have made lots of efforts. I am very glad. " Chen said after the final.

He also expressed admiration for three-time Olympican Jordan Jovtchev from Bulgaria. "I should learn from him as it is not easy for him to compete at the age of over 30."

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