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Melnikova wins women's individual all******
KITAKYUSHU, Japan, Oct. 21 (Xinhua) -- Angelina Melnikova of the Russian Gymnastics Federation claimed the women's all-around title at the World Championships here on Thursday.
The 21-year-old Melnikova, competing in her fourth worlds, was second behind American Kyala di Cello after the vault competition, their first event. But she took the lead from the second event and never looked back, winning the first title of the tournament with a total of 56.632 points.
"I am very happy to win the title. I am the first Russian to win the world all-around title in 11 years, so this means a lot to me," said Melnikova, who was the bronze winner at the 2019 worlds.
Leanne Wong of the United States took the silver with 56.340 points and Di Cellos finished third with 54.566.
Melnikova was a member of the winning team of Russian Olympic Committee at the Tokyo Olympic Games. She also took two bronze medals from the all-around and floor events in Tokyo.
"After the Tokyo Olympic Games, I felt I still have strength left, so I decided to come to the World Championships," she said. "Maybe next year, I will take a break."
Melnikova's fellow Olympic team champion Urazova Vladislava finished fourth with 53.598 points.
China's Wei Xiaoyuan, the National Games all-around champion in September, fell off the uneven bars and settled for the sixth.
The 17-year-old Wei said she was a little nervous at her first international competition, but that she has learned a lot from her rivals.
"I believe I can do better in the uneven bars final the day after tomorrow," Wei said.
The men's all-around final will be held on Friday. Enditem
China's central bank conducts 200 bln yuan of reverse repos******
BEIJING, Oct. 29 (Xinhua) -- China's central bank Friday injected 200 billion yuan (about 31.3 billion U.S. dollars) into the financial system via reverse repos.
The interest rate for the seven-day reverse repos was set at 2.2 percent, according to the People's Bank of China.
The move aims to keep month-end liquidity in the banking system stable, the central bank said.
A reverse repo is a process in which the central bank purchases securities from commercial banks through bidding, with an agreement to sell them back in the future. Enditem
Panama to play next home World Cup qualifier without fans******
PANAMA CITY, Dec. 17 (Xinhua) -- Panama will play their next home World Cup qualifier against Jamaica behind closed doors after FIFA upheld a sanction for homophobic chants from fans.。
The Panamanian football federation, known as Fepafut, said the game's world governing body also ratified a fine of 50,000 Swiss francs (60,000 U.S. dollars) for the behavior of fans during World Cup qualifiers in September.。
Panama had succeeded in suspending the decision last month, pending the result of a second-instance hearing by the FIFA Appeal Committee.。
"Fepafut has a firm commitment to fair play and fight against all forms of discrimination or intolerance," the entity said in a statement. "Once again, fans are urged to support our national team while always maintaining these principles."
Panama will host Jamaica on January 30, three days after an away clash with Costa Rica. The triple-header of qualifiers also includes a visit to Mexico on February 2.。
Panama is currently fourth in the eight-team final stage of the North America, Central America and Caribbean (CONCACAF) World Cup qualifying tournament.。
The top three teams will earn an automatic place in football's showpiece event in Qatar next year. The fourth-ranked side will advance to an intercontinental playoff. Enditem。
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