I find Asian rhythmic gymnastics schools more
original and stunning moves then European
countries. (Try looking at Yokochi’s hoop or
Zhong Ling) Chinese schools, for example, have
bred excellent rhythmic gymnasts such as Zhou
Xiaojing and Zhong Ling. Zhong Ling is highly
flexible and boasts highly difficult routines. In
the 2001 Madrid World Championships, she wowed the
audience with her beautiful pirouettes and
thrilling throws. Since then, she has become a
Ling’s 2001 ball routine has a wide display of
leaps, pivots and flexibility moves. The music is
a wise choice too, attracting everyone to its
thumping rhythms. The routine certainly worth
higher marks than given.
the ball between her hands, Zhong Ling begins with
a stylish pose.
When the drums thud as the background music
begins, she does a 180 degrees tuck jump. Standing
up, she frolics with the ball playfully together
with the energetic music. Her first flexibility
move is a quick turning balance, which is followed
by a double ring balance and then a stunning
oversplit. Next, Zhong displays her high amplitude
when she performs a split leap with 180-degree
turn of body and legs as a unit.
she unleashes her first large throw. Flying off
with a high split leap with a deep arch (very
flexible), she catches the ball easily and
executes a same arching split leap. Leaping again,
she allows her left (free) leg to touch the head
vertically as she releases the ball again high up.
Catching the ball, she immediately executes a back
walkover. This shows her originality as well as
her daring stunts. It truly resembles a Chinese on
to outdone, she places the ball on her left feet
and raises it up quickly to form a “Timochenko”.
This movement not only blends well with the
thumping music, but also captures everyone’s
attention, both the audience and the judges. She
also displays her artful use of the ball. Upon
catching it, she performs an instantaneous turning
double stag ring leap (L0309!?! rated E). What a
tricky combination! Following that, she rolls the
ball down her hand as she stops at a ring balance.
she stops at the background for a while by playing
with the ball. It not only blends well with the
music, but also allows her to take a short break
as the thumping music dies down.
a new music theme or a high octave is introduced,
Ling performs some spectacular elements. First,
she allows the ball to roll over the neck and down
her back, well blending with the rhythmic music.
Rising up, she performs a vertical balance into a
double ring balance elegantly. Some interesting
moves followed suit. She continues to show the
variety of usage with the ball when a horn
introduced into the background music. A triple
combination follows soon after. She executes a 360
degress legmount (but changes into a Timochenko
gradually), and then a beautiful Sissone leap and
finally a MG pivot.
Zhong Ling finally unleashes her most spectacular
throw in the routine. Tossing the ball, she arches
her back into a front walkover and catches the
ball on her legs. (gasp!) It was so amazing that
there was a great reaction from the audience. Even
termed “top gymnasts” would find it seemingly
impossible! Once again, Ling has proven to us that
she is an excellent rhythmic gymnast.
tosses the ball for a consecutive throw, catching
it in a arching split leap position, and continue
immediately with two leg up pivots. Another
difficult combination. It is thus understandable
that she did not fully articulate them but it is
laudable for her attempt.
the first theme of the music reappears, Ling
performs some really beautiful pirouettes into a
Sissone jump. As she executes her ring pivots, her
free leg is almost touching her head. How flexible
that, Ling effects two turning double stag ring
leap. She throws out some jumps and leaps elements
for eg a half turn into a Sissone jump. She
continues with the common combination of a back
catch balance into a back scale.
the conclusion, Ling executes a full MG pivot. She
finally ends off her energetic routine with a
beautiful and high double stag leap turn (not too
sure) and falls onto the mat.
with her difficulties, Zhong Ling showed great
poise and confidence throughout. With such a
moving routine, no wonder Zhong Ling is so well
received. However, it could be better if she could
add just a little bit more of difficulty by
working more in releve. Should you have doubts
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