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Yang Wei

Biographical information

Medals OG
Gold 3
Silver 2
Bronze 0
Total 5
TypeCompeted in Olympic Games
SexMale
Full nameYang•Wei
Used nameYang•Wei
Name orderOriental
Original name楊•威
Born8 February 1980 in Xiantao, Hubei (CHN)
Measurements160 cm / 54 kg
AffiliationsHubei Provincial Gymnastics Team, (CHN)
NOC People's Republic of China

Biography

One of the top all-rounders in the world in the years prior to the Beijing Olympics, Yang Wei crowned his career in front of his home crowd, overwhelmingly winning the gold by a massive margin of 2.6 points. In 2006 and 2007, Yang also won the all-around world title, having previously been runner up at the 2003 Worlds and 2000 Olympics. This made him the first man since Yugoslavia’s Petar Sumi (1922 and 1926) to successfully defend his all-around world title (since surpassed by three consecutive titles by Kohei Uchimura). More medals were collected by Yang in team competitions: gold at the 2000 and 2008 Olympics (nearly the entire Chinese team disappointed at the 2004 Games), and at the World Championships of 1999, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Being a true all-rounder, he rarely medalled in individual events, but did earn a silver on the rings in Beijing, and two apparatus bronzes at World Championships. Shortly after the Beijing Olympics, Yang married his longtime girlfriend, Yang Yun, a fellow gymnast who had won a bronze in the 2000 Sydney Games. The following year, Yang Wei retired from gymnastics, in which he had been active since age 5.

Results

Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
2000 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) CHN Yang Wei
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) People's Republic of China 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 4
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =12 r1/1
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 53 r1/1
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =33 r1/1
Rings, Men (Olympic) 4
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) =17 r1/1
2004 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) CHN Yang Wei
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 7
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) People's Republic of China 5
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) =40 r1/1
Horse Vault, Men (Olympic) =19 r1/1
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) =24 r1/1
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) =34 r1/1
Rings, Men (Olympic) =10 r1/1
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 27 r1/1
2008 Summer Olympics Artistic Gymnastics (Gymnastics) CHN Yang Wei
Individual All-Around, Men (Olympic) 1 Gold
Team All-Around, Men (Olympic) People's Republic of China 1 Gold
Floor Exercise, Men (Olympic) 15 r1/2
Parallel Bars, Men (Olympic) 34 r1/2
Horizontal Bar, Men (Olympic) 24 r1/2
Rings, Men (Olympic) 2 Silver
Pommelled Horse, Men (Olympic) 4

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