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  • World Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne


    The Rod Laver Arena is the site of the gymnastics event. 
    More than 350 of the world's best gymnasts are in Australia this week, competing at the Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne for the 2005 World Gymnastics Championships. Gymnasts from more than 60 nations made the trip.

    This year's championships will be the final event to use the old scoring system that led to perfect 10s by Nadia Comaneci in 1976 and Mary Lou Retton in 1984. The International Gymnastics Federation introduced the scoring change after a controversy during the men?s all-around event at the Athens Olympics.

    In Athens, Paul Hamm became the first American to win the all-around title, but the results were challenged by bronze medalist Yang Tae-young of South Korea after FIG announced he was wrongly docked on the start value of his parallel bars routine. Hamm retained the gold medal on appeal.

    Hamm is skipping the World Championships to concentrate on his studies at Ohio State. Yang is only participating in the parallel bars due to injury. Currently in fifth place, he will take part in the individual finals on Sunday.

    Host Australia will also have competitors in the finals. Monette Russo placed third in the all-around qualifiers, behind United States pair Nastia Liukin a
    Olivia Vivian is one of three Australians heading into the finals this weekend. 
    nd Chellsie Memmel. She also qualified in the beam and the uneven bars, making her the first Australian to appear in two apparatus finals at one championship.

    In addition, fellow Australians Olivia Vivian qualified for Saturday?s women's uneven bars final, and Damian Istria will take part in the men's high bar finals.

    The event is being shown live on the Seven Network in Australia. Sponsors for the championships include Energy Australia, Longines, the Victoria Tourism Board, and 3AW Radio.

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