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Trampolinist Dong bounces to record 4th Games

Legendary Chinese trampolinist Dong Dong will compete at the Tokyo Olympics, Xinhua news agency said yesterday, making a record fourth appearance at the Games.

The 12-time former world champion will be the first male trampolinist to participate in four Olympics and will be desperate to go out on a high — he has said that he will retire after Tokyo. The 32-year-old, who has won a medal at each of the last three Olympics, will take part in the men’s individual event. Dong qualified second for the Chinese team behind the 2019 world champion Gao Lei, Xinhua said, citing a notice from China’s gymnastics authorities. “My goal for Tokyo is always to win the gold medal,” Dong said in 2018, before the coronavirus pandemic postponed the 2020 Games to this July-August. Dong has reached the podium in all three of his previous Olympic appearances: bronze at the age of 19 in Beijing in 2008, gold in London four years later and silver in Rio in 2016.


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