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China's Hu pockets double gold at gymnastics worlds******
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Oct. 24 (Xinhua) -- China's Hu Xuwei stunned double Olympic champion Daiki Hashimoto to win two gold medals at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships here on Sunday.
The stage had been expected to set for Hashimoto and local legend Kohei Uchimura, arguably the all-time great. But Hu, competing in his first world championships, stole the show to win the parallel bars and went on to take the horizontal bar.
"It is a dream come true," said Hu. "Since I have secured the gold medal in the parallel bars, I feel very relaxed in the horizontal bar."
The 24-year-old Hu, who failed to make the Chinese Olympic team, became the last one to perform in the horizontal bar, the last event and an event that Hashimoto won at the Tokyo Olympics.
With Uchimura already out of the title race, Hashimoto, the fifth on the start list, scored 15.066 points to take the lead. After Ukraine's Illia Kovtun and American Brody Malone scored 14.166 and 14.966 points respectively, around 2,500 fans in the Kitakyushu gymnasium looked ready to celebrate.
But Hu completed his routine with difficulty degrees of 6.7 in a perfect fashion, which earned him 15.166 points, beating Hashimoto by a mere 0.100 points.
Earlier, he took the parallel bars title with 15.466 points, ahead of vault champion Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines and teammate Shi Cong. Hashimoto finished fourth.
All the three events Hashimoto entered at the tournament have been won by Chinese gymnasts. He was shocked by another world championships debutant Zhang Boheng in the all-around final.
"Actually the most difficult event was the parallel bars. I had to raise the difficulty degrees ahead of the competition," he said.
"I have been waiting for this chance for a long time," he said. "Fortunately I took the chance when it came."
China topped the medal tally with five gold, one silver and two bronze medals after seven days of competition although none of the members had Olympic or world championships experiences.
Luo Rui, who turns 16 in November and led the field in the qualification, fell off the beam and scored only 13.300 points. She finished fifth.
Japan's full-strength team finished second with two gold, five silver and one bronze.
Ashikawa Urara won the first gold for Japan in the balance beam event and Murakami Mai, the Olympic bronze medalist, claimed the title in the floor exercise. Enditem
Across China: Online vet care services springs up in China******
BEIJING, Nov. 13 (Xinhua) -- Golden retriever, Alexander, has been suffering from itchy and watery eyes lately. But its owner found help online instead of directly taking him to the vet.。
After filling in the dog's basic details like his age, gender and medical history on an internet veterinary platform, the dog owner was soon contacted by a professional animal doctor who provided a detailed treatment and dietary plan. The whole process cost him less than 100 yuan (about 15.6 U.S. dollars).。
The fast online service helped the owner save time and money these last couple of years. "We don't need to go to a vet unless there is a problem that cannot be solved online," said Xiao Long, Alexander's owner.。
Many online veterinary consultation platforms, including mobile applications, have sprung up in China, illustrating the massive potential of the pet medical services market.。
On Oct. 8, e-commerce giant JD.com launched an O2O healthcare service platform called JD Pet Hospital, with services covering the entire lifetime of pets from disease prevention and diagnosis to comprehensive health management on offer.。
Over 3,000 veterinarians have registered on the platform, ready to provide around-the-clock pet health consultation services through messages, images and video calls, according to JD.com.。
A report on China's pet industry released in 2020 by Pethadoop, an analytical company, logged over 100 million pet dogs and cats living in China's urban areas. The number of the country's pet-raising families exceeded 99.8 million.。
Meanwhile, the scale of China's pet market for dogs and cats surpassed 200 billion yuan last year, the report noted.。
In the next three years, the value of China's pet industry is expected to maintain its steady growth to reach more than 400 billion yuan in 2023. Among its diversified sectors, pet medical care ranks the second largest after pet food, according to market research firm iResearch.。
Cai Xuepeng, head of the China Veterinary Drug Association, said that online pet healthcare platforms could play a vital role in offering more convenient and affordable medical services for all pet lovers.。
Yao Haifeng, director of a pet hospital in Beijing, highlighted the benefits of online medical care for both pet owners and veterinarians due to its timely services and price transparency.。
"I once got a call from my regular client at 3 a.m. asking me what to do about his dog's diarrhea. If I turned down his call, the dog would suffer from the pain. But receiving the call that early in the morning made me suffer too," Yao quipped.。
Online instant pet medical consultations may be a new solution to the problem. Although, according to Yao, the nascent sector also indicates some issues, such as the lack of veterinary specialists and homogenization available in the medical services.。
"The burgeoning pet industry is surely developing more precise and customized services and more professional medical workers. The internet platforms can make a difference in medical resource integration during the process," Yao added. Enditem。