Zeng places fifth in clubs final at World Games
posted on 07/22/2017

© John Cheng

INDIANAPOLIS, July 22, 2017 – 2016 Olympian and three-time U.S. rhythmic champion Laura Zeng of Libertyville, Ill./North Shore Rhythmic Gymnastics Center, finished fifth in the clubs final today at the 2017 World Games at Centennial Hall in Wroclaw, Poland. Gymnastics competition continues July 24 in Wroclaw with the qualifications and finals for women's and mixed pairs, and men’s synchronized trampoline.

In the clubs final, Zeng posted a 16.000 for fifth place, finishing just .300 off the podium. Russia’s Dina Averina took top honors with a 19.100, followed by Israel’s Linoy Ashram and Arina Averina of Russia at 16.300.

Zeng finished seventh in the ribbon final earning a 15.200. Arina Averina of Russia earned the gold (16.850), followed by teammate Dina Averina (16.800), and Halkina Katsiaryna of Belarus (16.475).

On Friday, Zeng also finished seventh in the ball final and 14th in the hoop competition.

A summary of the World Games’ gymnastics schedule is listed below.

  • July 24 – qualifications and finals for acro women's and mixed pairs, and men’s synchronized trampoline
  • July 25 – qualifications and finals for acro men's pair and women's group, and women's tumbling and men’s double mini-trampoline
  • July 26 – qualifications and finals for acro men's group, and women's double mini-trampoline, men’s tumbling and women's synchronized trampoline

Governed by the International World Games Association (IWGA) and recognized by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), this multi-sport event is held every four years in the year following the summer Olympics. The World Games features competition in 37 sports with more than 4,500 athletes from around the world.

Four gymnastics disciplines with a total of 20 medal events are included in the program for the 2017 World Games. The breakdown of the 326 gymnasts participating is: 78 athletes, acrobatic gymnastics; 144, aerobic gymnastics; 24 athletes, rhythmic gymnastics; and 80 athletes, trampoline and tumbling.

The Olympic Channel will broadcast select events from the World Games. The World Games will also be live streamed on OlympicChannel.com, the Olympic Channel app, NBCSports.com, and the NBC Sports app.

For more information on gymnastics at the World Games, click here. For information on the World Games in general including a complete schedule, go to theworldgames2017.com.