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Yang Yilin

Full name: Yang Yilin
Original name: 杨 伊琳
Gender: Female
Height: 4'11" (150 cm)
Weight: 77 lbs (35 kg)
Born: August 26, 1992 in Canton, Guangdong, China
Affiliations: ?, Guangdong, (CHN)
Country: CHN China
Sport: Gymnastics

Medals: 1 Gold, 2 Bronze (3 Total)

Biography

During the Beijing Olympics, it wasn’t Yang Yilin’s performances (though noteworthy), but rather her age that made the news. Along with several other team mates, she was suspected of being too young to compete at the Games. A minimum age of 16 was required to compete in the Olympics, but prior to the Games, reports where found that Yang would be at most 14-years-old. Though initially ignored by officials, further evidence led the IOC to aks the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) to investigate the entire Chinese team. FIG concluded its investigations a month after the Games, reporting that it was unable to find fault with any of the officially reported birth dates of the Chinese gymnasts. This meant that Yang was allowed to keep the three medals she won in Beijing. After having earned the gold in the team all-around, she had added bronze in the individual all-around. She led after the qualification for the uneven bars, but dropped to third in the final, behind He Kexin, who was also suspected of being underage. Outside of the Olympics, Yang has won three World Championships medals, one on the uneven bars (bronze, 2007), and two with the team. She is also an Asian Games champion (team, 2010), and in 2007 won the Chinese all-around title.

Results

Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics Women's Individual All-Around China CHN 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics Women's Team All-Around China CHN 1 Gold
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics Women's Floor Exercise China CHN 10 QR
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics Women's Uneven Bars China CHN 3 Bronze
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics Women's Balance Beam China CHN 11 QR

Women's Individual All-Around

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS FE HV UB BB
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Final 3 62,650 15,000 15,175 16,725 15,750
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Qualification 3 QU 62,350 15,000 15,200 16,650 15,500

Women's Team All-Around

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank PTS HV UB FE BB
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China CHN Final 1 31,900 15,100 16,800
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China CHN Qualification 1 62,350 15,200 16,650 15,000 15,500

Women's Floor Exercise

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Qualification 10 15,000

Women's Uneven Bars

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Final 3 16,650
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Qualification 1 QU 16,650

Women's Balance Beam

Games Age City Sport Country Phase Unit Rank PTS
2008 Summer 15 Beijing Gymnastics China Qualification 11 15,500