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PHOTOS: Kids Undergo Extreme Training at China's Gymnasiums

indiwo | Reuters | August 31, 2018, 9:30 am
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 Young gymnasts, in a class consisting of four to seven-year-olds, stretch themselves on wooden bars at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. (Image: Reuters)

Young gymnasts, in a class consisting of four to seven-year-olds, stretch themselves on wooden bars at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang. (Image: Reuters)

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 A girl tries to stretch her legs during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

A girl tries to stretch her legs during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

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 A child takes part in a rigorous weight-lifting training session in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province. (Image: Reuters)

A child takes part in a rigorous weight-lifting training session in Xiamen, southeast China's Fujian province. (Image: Reuters)

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 A coach wipes away tears and comforts a girl during gymnastics lessons. (Image: Reuters)

A coach wipes away tears and comforts a girl during gymnastics lessons. (Image: Reuters)

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 Young divers attend a training session at a gymnasium in Hefei, Anhui. (Image: AP)

Young divers attend a training session at a gymnasium in Hefei, Anhui. (Image: AP)

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 A coach helps a girl during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School. (Image: Reuters)

A coach helps a girl during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School. (Image: Reuters)

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 Young girls in a swimming pool during their training session at an athlete training school in Shanghai. (image: Reuters)

Young girls in a swimming pool during their training session at an athlete training school in Shanghai. (image: Reuters)

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 A coach helps a young gymnast student in stretching. (Image: AP)

A coach helps a young gymnast student in stretching. (Image: AP)

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 Students stretch at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. (Image: Reuters)

Students stretch at the gymnastics hall of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. (Image: Reuters)

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 Young girls are seeing practising handstands at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

Young girls are seeing practising handstands at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

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 A boy practices as his coach assists during gymnastics lessons. (Image: Reuters)

A boy practices as his coach assists during gymnastics lessons. (Image: Reuters)

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 Young gymnasts from the Anhui provincial team practise at a training centre in Hefei. (Image: Reuters)

Young gymnasts from the Anhui provincial team practise at a training centre in Hefei. (Image: Reuters)

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 A boy lies on the ground while stretching his legs during a break from gymnastics lessons. (image: AP)

A boy lies on the ground while stretching his legs during a break from gymnastics lessons. (image: AP)

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 Children practice handstands during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai, China. (Image: Reuters)

Children practice handstands during gymnastics lessons at the Shanghai Yangpu Youth Amateur Athletic School in Shanghai, China. (Image: Reuters)

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 A 5-year-old girl practises balancing before a diving training session at a training centre in Beijing. (Image: Reuters)

A 5-year-old girl practises balancing before a diving training session at a training centre in Beijing. (Image: Reuters)

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 Young gymnasts practice pull-up on a bar at a gymnasium of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. (Image: Reuters)

Young gymnasts practice pull-up on a bar at a gymnasium of a sports school in Jiaxing, Zhejiang province. (Image: Reuters)

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 A girl looks underwater in a swimming pool during a training course at an athlete training school in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

A girl looks underwater in a swimming pool during a training course at an athlete training school in Shanghai. (Image: Reuters)

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 Children practise balancing before a diving training session at a training centre in Beijing. (Image: Reuters)

Children practise balancing before a diving training session at a training centre in Beijing. (Image: Reuters)

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