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Xiao, Kuksenkov Win University Games Titles
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China's Xiao Kangjun and Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov won the all-around titles at the University Games, held Monday in Shenzhen, China. Pictured: Kuksenkov flanked by runner-up Shoichi Yamamoto (Japan) and bronze medalist Nathan Gafuik (Canada)

China's Xiao Kangjun and Ukraine's Nikolai Kuksenkov won the all-around titles at the University Games, held Monday in Shenzhen, China.

Xiao topped Japan's Mai Yamagishi and Russia's Alyona Polyan to win the women's gold medal Monday afternoon.

The 18-year-old Xiao, a former member of China's national team, began on vault with a piked-down Yurchenko full. She earned the high score of the day for her routine on uneven bars (elgrip fulls into Jaeger; Pak; full-twisting double tuck dismount; 15.00). On beam, she threw a beautiful barani, a high piked front into Korbut and a clean double pike with one step (14.20). She clinched the title on floor exercise (triple twist; 1 1/2 to layout front full; triple turn; stuck double pike; 2 1/2 twist), landing her final pass in a deep squat.

The mini Mai, who led Japan to the team gold medal on Saturday, had the high score of the day on balance beam (switch ring; front aerial to two feet; side somi; switch leap, back tuck, Korbut; double pike; 14.35.)

The powerful Polyan brought the top score on floor exercise, despite replacing her double layout mount with a triple twist (14.20).

South Korea's Jo Hyunjoo, a finalist on vault at the 2010 Worlds, suffered a frightening fall from uneven bars. Jo was taken to the hospital on a stretcher but was not seriously injured, a Korean team official confirmed later.

Kuksenkov took the men's title over Japan's Koichi Yamamoto by a mere .15. Kuksenkov, 22, had the top score of the day on pommel horse (14.90), while Yamamoto bested the field on parallel bars (15.550)

2008 Olympian Nathan Gafuik (Canada) won the all-around bronze with the top scores of the day on vault (16.05) and high bar (15.15).

Artistic gymnastics competition concludes Tuesday with the apparatus finals. Live streaming coverage at livefisu.tv begins at 4 p.m. local time (4 a.m. EST/1 a.m. PST).

External Link: Official Website

26th University Games
Aug. 15, 2011, Shenzhen, China

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Xiao Kangjun 13.70 15.00 14.20 13.80 56.70
2. Mai Yamagishi 13.60 14.25 14.35 13.90 56.10
3. Alyona Polyan 13.80 13.15 14.20 14.20 55.35
4. Yu Minobe 13.05 13.60 14.25 13.55 54.45
5. Kristyna Palesova 12.60 14.05 13.65 13.10 53.40
6. Jana Sikulova 12.55 13.85 13.30 13.35 53.05
7. Irina Sazonova 13.50 12.60 13.35 13.55 53.00
8. Yana Demyanchuk 12.75 12.65 13.95 13.15 52.50
9. Marta Frandofert 13.20 12.85 12.90 12.80 51.75
10. Barbara Gasser 13.30 13.20 12.25 12.60 51.35
11. Jenna Walters 12.85 12.65 12.90 12.20 50.60
12. Ivana Kamnikar 12.80 13.10 12.70 11.55 50.15
12. Maria Homolova 13.05 13.00 11.80 12.30 50.15
14. Rebecca Hall 12.90 12.30 11.60 12.10 48.90
15. Hiu Ying Angel Wong 13.60 9.40 12.15 13.20 48.35
15. Myeong Ji Cha 13.40 10.55 11.70 12.70 48.35
17. Adela Sajn 13.15 9.55 12.40 13.05 48.15
18. Hsiang Han Mai Liu 12.35 10.60 12.40 11.80 47.15
19. Tijana Tkalcec 13.70 10.80 9.55 11.75 45.80
20. Jo Hyunjoo 14.05 3.75 17.80
21. Angelina Kysla 3.85 3.85

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Nikolai Kuksenkov 14.80 14.90 14.20 15.65 14.55 14.95 89.05
2. Shoichi Yamamoto 14.75 14.55 14.10 15.25 15.55 14.70 88.90
3. Nathan Gafuik 14.85 13.45 13.80 16.05 15.05 15.15 88.35
4. Liu Rongbin 14.40 14.85 14.15 15.70 14.35 14.25 87.70
5. Lee Hyeok Jung 14.05 14.75 13.85 15.45 14.50 14.15 86.75
6. Stepan Gorbachyov 14.60 13.20 13.90 15.65 14.20 14.35 85.90
7. Casey Sandy 14.55 14.15 13.05 15.40 14.40 14.25 85.80
8. Javier Gomez 14.75 12.85 14.40 15.50 14.75 13.45 85.70
8. Matthew Firth 14.70 14.20 13.75 15.45 14.10 13.50 85.70
10. Axel Augis 14.50 12.55 13.95 15.60 14.80 14.05 85.45
11. Francisco Barretto 14.25 13.70 14.25 15.10 13.45 14.50 85.25
12. Petro Pakhnyuk 14.50 14.20 14.40 15.00 14.90 12.10 85.10
13. Ryuzo Sejima 15.00 11.05 14.75 14.25 15.35 14.40 84.80
14. Roman Kulesza 13.35 13.25 13.15 15.25 14.85 14.10 83.95
15. Ruben Lopez 14.35 13.10 14.25 14.70 13.70 13.80 83.90
16. Petrix Barbosa 14.15 12.25 13.95 15.05 14.35 14.10 83.85
17. Luke Wiwatowski 14.70 12.45 12.90 15.15 14.35 14.25 83.80
18. Gustavo Simoes 13.65 13.35 14.55 14.95 13.90 12.55 82.95
19. Pavel Russinyak 13.90 12.00 12.85 14.10 13.35 14.85 81.05
20. Attila Vlacsil 12.60 13.50 14.30 15.60 12.90 11.95 80.85
21. Jim Zona 14.00 13.20 10.80 14.05 14.40 14.05 80.50
22. Thomas Pichler 12.55 12.95 12.60 14.80 12.10 12.40 77.40
23. Kirill Ignatenkov 14.70 12.90 14.00 0.00 14.40 14.80 70.80
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