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China's Li wins women's Taijiquan gold medal in 11th WWC
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China's Li Xinyu won the first place in the women's Taijiquan competition in the 11th World Wushu Championships (WWC) held in Turkish capital Ankara, the WWC organizing committee announced on Monday.

Li recorded the highest mark of 9.85 points among 16 competitors, while Indonesian athlete Guo Lijuan got the second place with 9.75 points and the Japanese competitor Ai Mayaoka shared the third place with Malaysian competitor Chai Fongying with 9.71 points.

The full mark for Taijiquan competition is 10.

"I prepared a lot for this competition and experienced tough practices before I came here. And that is why I am rather confident in the competition," Li told Xinhua after the competition.

"To play Taijiquan well is quite difficult," said Liu Baoyu, a coach from Chinese Wushu team. "However, Li performed quite excellent thanks to her confidence during the performance."

Li, the girl in her 20's, said that she started to practice Taijiquan when she was ten years old.

She said she hoped to make progress with worldwide Taiji players.

Also on Monday afternoon, Turkish Elif Akyuz won the gold medal of women's Qiangshu, or spearplay, competition, while Japanese Daisuke Ichiki shared the No. 1 place with Malaysian competitor Ng Say Yoke in men's Gunshu, or men's cudgel play.

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