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China had great success in the first half of competition at this year’s Asian Championships in Doha, Qatar, where both the women’s and men’s programs won the all-around and team gold, and also secured team berths to world championships in Liverpool later this year.

China came into the second day of competition over three points ahead of the rest of the field, and extended that lead to nearly 10 points ahead of South Korea after competing on beam and floor on the final day, putting up a total of 167.366. The team’s performance on beam was nearly as impressive as its domination on bars, with their 42.933 nearly four points ahead of the next-best team, and they also had a significant advantage on floor, where the team had some of its best individual scores in recent history.

The all-around title ended up going to Zhang Jin with a 55.400. Zhang was third after day one, but with the team’s second-strongest performances on both beam (14.2) and floor (13.7), it allowed her to propel past teammate Tang Xijing, who looks like she may have struggled on beam, earning just a 12.967 there. Tang was still able to pick up the silver all-around medal with a 53.967, though she did miss out on making the beam final with the team’s weakest performance on that event.

Wei Xiaoyuan led the all-around after the first day of competition, but she ended up competing only those first two events while Wu Ran and Sun Xinyi handled beam and floor. Wu topped the field on both events with a 14.633 on beam and a 13.833 on floor, while Sun finished third on beam with a 14.1, missing the final by a tenth due to the two-per-country rule, and she was seventh on floor with a 13.0, also missing that final. With Zhang doing so much over the first two days of competition, I wouldn’t be surprised to see them swap Sun into her place on beam to get her more experience.

I was incredibly impressed to see the Korean women hold onto second place ahead of Japan. The teams came into the second day of competition pretty evenly matched, but while Japan was able to pick up nearly a point on beam, the team had a massive setback on floor, where they earned just a 35.866 to South Korea’s 39.301, and the Korean women ended up taking the silver with a 157.566 over Japan’s 154.867.

Lee Yunseo ended up taking the bronze all-around medal with a 53.633, building on an already strong first day with excellent performances on beam (13.133) and floor (13.367) to qualify into both finals. The team also saw Yeo Seojeong in fifth with a 52.133 and Shin Solyi in sixth (though two-per-country’ed out of the official rankings) with a 52.100, with Yeo making the floor final with a 13.167 while Shin qualified on beam with a 12.833.

The team also had Lee Dayeong back today on floor, where she was ninth with a 12.767, and 2016 Olympian Lee Eunju made an appearance on beam, though she unfortunately had a fall, finishing 20th with an 11.567.

Japan surprised me by putting up some excellent beam routines but then losing steam on floor, the opposite of what I expected from them. Miyata Shoko was strong on both, getting into both finals with scores of 12.9 and 13.633, respectively, in addition to finishing fourth all-around with a 53.033.

Yamada Chiharu finished sixth all-around with a 51.233, ending up a bit weak on both events after looking great on day one, while Kasahara Arisa ended up just behind her with a 50.267, stunning on beam with a 13.8 to make the final, but then dropping the momentum on floor, where she had just a 10.0.

The team also put up Watanabe Hazuki on beam, earning a 12.467, and Matsuda Touwa on floor, earning just a 9.9, which forced the team to count Yamada’s equally low score.

With all of this said, the most exciting part of the meet was seeing Taiwan perform so consistently across both days of competition. The team comes in at lower difficulty than any of the top three, but everyone killed it, and I especially loved seeing the breakthrough performance from Lai Pin-Ju. A veteran at 20, Lai was fantastic on both days of competition, earning a personal best 50.000 all-around score to finish seventh, and qualifying into three finals, including vault on day one, and then beam (12.633) and floor (12.6) on day two.

Lai really stepped it up here, but both Mai Liu Hsiang-Han and Ting Hua-Tien were also wonderful, earning scores of 49.300 and 48.967, respectively. Mai Liu ended up eighth in the all-around, while Ting was two-per-country’ed out of the official rankings, and though neither made finals on the second day of competition, Mai Liu got very close on beam with a 12.533, while Ting was also pretty close on floor, with a 12.467. I was hoping Ting would be a standout on beam, but she ended up earning just an 11.8 there with a 4.2 start value awarded.

The baby of the team at 17, Huang Tzu-Hsing wasn’t quite at the same level as her teammates, but she still showed some promise, which is great in a country where gymnasts tend to peak as they age. She finished with a 46.566 in the all-around, and had scores of 11.067 on beam and 11.533 on floor, falling on the former, but her difficulty level was impressive there and I’m hoping some more experience will keep her moving forward.

Rounding out the team rankings were Kazakhstan in fifth with a 140.933, Uzbekistan in sixth with a 140.302, India in seventh with a 127.967, Hong Kong in eighth with a 124.898, and Thailand in ninth with a 79.667.

The top all-arounder outside of the top four teams was veteran Aida Bauyrzhanova of Kazakhstan in ninth with a 48.834, earning the first of eight individual worlds berths. She had strong work on both beam and floor, and secured the final spot into the beam final with a 12.567.

In addition to Bauyrzhanova, the other individuals to earn worlds spots included Rifda Irfanaluthfi of Indonesia in 10th with a 48.734, Milka Gehani of Sri Lanka in 11th with a 47.999, Dildora Aripova of Uzbekistan in 12th with a 47.934, Nadine Joy Nathan of Singapore in 13th with a 47.766, Ominakhon Khalilova of Uzbekistan in 14th with a 46.434, Korkem Yerbossynkyzy of Kazakhstan in 15th with a 46.066, and Sasiwimon Mueangphuan of Thailand in 16th with a 43.667.

Irfanaluthfi and Aripova also both qualified into the floor final with scores of 12.667 and 12.567.

I expected to see both Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan qualify two gymnasts apiece to worlds, and also expected to see Irfanaluthfi, Gehani, and Nathan make it, so it was really just that final spot that was shaping up to be a surprise.

I figured one of the gymnasts from India would lock it down – either Pranati Das, who led after the first day of competition, 2020 Olympian Pranati Nayak, or Illinois gymnast Ruthuja Nataraj – but while Nataraj came closest with a 42.534, she ended up narrowly behind several other competitors, with Mueangphuan sealing the spot by just a tenth ahead of Indonesia’s Ameera Hariadi.

India will not have an all-around competitor in the women’s field at worlds this year, but Protistha Samantha is currently ranked fourth while Nayak is 12th in the world cup vault standings, so they should have two competitors representing the country in Liverpool (the top eight per event qualify via the world cups, but while Nayak is 12th, there are enough gymnasts ahead of her who are part of countries that have qualified or will qualify teams or all-arounders, so she should be safe).

As for Hong Kong, Angel Wong Hiu Ying finished 18th with a 42.799 to come within just under a point of making it. But Wong is currently ranked 11th in the world cup beam standings, and again, with so many ahead of her who will qualify via other means, she should also be safe.

The currently active Asian nations that will miss out on representation at worlds are Mongolia (they had two gymnasts competing today, but they both competed only beam and floor and not in the all-around, leaving them out of contention), the Philippines (despite winning team gold on top of other successes at the Southeast Asian Games the program opted to not send any women to this event), Malaysia (the program has no team depth right now, but the decision is still puzzling, as Rachel Yeoh Li Wen won the all-around bronze at the Southeast Asian Games), North Korea (the country is still locking down due to the COVID-19 pandemic), and Vietnam (apparently, and unfortunately, the program wasn’t aware that they had to attend this competition to qualify for worlds, and they also haven’t sent any women to world cups this year).

All-Around Final Results

1. Zhang Jin, China, 55.400
2. Tang Xijing, China, 53.967
3. Lee Yunseo, South Korea, 53.633
4. Miyata Shoko, Japan, 53.033
5. Yeo Seojeong, South Korea, 52.133
6. Yamada Chiharu, Japan, 51.233
7. Lai Pin-Ju, Taiwan, 50.000
8. Mai Liu Hsiang-Han, Taiwan, 49.300
9. Aida Bauyrzhanova, Kazakhstan, 48.834
10. Rifda Irfanaluthfi, Indonesia, 48.734
11. Milka Gehani, Sri Lanka, 47.999
12. Dildora Aripova, Uzbekistan, 47.934
13. Nadine Joy Nathan, Singapore, 47.766
14. Ominakhon Khalilova, Uzbekistan, 46.434
15. Korkem Yerbossynkyzy, Kazakhstan, 46.066
16. Sasiwimon Mueangphuan, Thailand, 43.667
17. Ameera Hariadi, Indonesia, 43.567
18. Angel Wong Hiu Ying, Hong Kong, 42.799
19. Ruthuja Nataraj, India, 42.534
20. Vanessa Wong, Hong Kong, 42.533
21. Pranati Nayak, India, 42.266
22. Senam Rakphu, Thailand, 36.000

Team Final Results

1. China 167.366
2. South Korea 157.566
3. Japan 154.867
4. Taiwan 148.733
5. Kazakhstan 140.933
6. Uzbekistan 140.302
7. India 127.967
8. Hong Kong 124.898
9. Thailand 79.667

Vault Qualification Results

1. Yeo Seojeong, South Korea, 13.950 Q
2. Miyata Shoko, Japan, 13.584 Q
3. Oksana Chusovitina, Uzbekistan, 12.784 Q
4. Darya Yassinskaya, Kazakhstan, 12.550 Q
5. Sasiwimon Mueangphuan, Thailand, 12.400 Q
6. Pranati Nayak, India, 12.367 Q
7. Lai Pin-Ju, Taiwan, 12.350 Q
8. Korkem Yerbossynkyzy, Kazakhstan, 12.167 Q
9. Nadine Joy Nathan, Singapore, 12.033 R1
10. Huang Tzu-Hsing TWN 11.950 R2
11. Gulnaz Jumabekova UZB 11.784 R3

Bars Qualification Results

1. Wei Xiaoyuan, China, 15.000 Q
2. Tang Xijing, China, 14.500 Q
3. Lee Yunseo, South Korea, 14.300 Q
4. Yamada Chiharu, Japan, 13.900 Q
5. Kasahara Arisa, Japan, 13.467 Q
6. Shin Solyi, South Korea, 13.233 Q
7. Ting Hua-Tien, Taiwan, 12.933 Q
8. Mai Liu Hsiang-Han, Taiwan, 12.733 Q
9. Milka Gehani, Sri Lanka, 12.733 R1
10. Rifda Irfanaluthfi, Indonesia, 12.400 R2
11. Nadine Joy Nathan, Singapore, 12.400 R3

Beam Qualification Results

1. Wu Ran, China, 14.633 Q
2. Zhang Jin, China, 14.200 Q
3. Kasahara Arisa, Japan, 13.800 Q
4. Lee Yunseo, South Korea, 13.133 Q
5. Miyata Shoko, Japan, 12.900 Q
6. Shin Solyi, South Korea, 12.833 Q
7. Lai Pin-Ju, Taiwan, 12.633 Q
8. Aida Bauyrzhanova, Kazakhstan, 12.567 Q
9. Mai Liu Hsiang-Han, Taiwan, 12.533 R1
10. Dildora Aripova, Uzbekistan, 11.933 R2
11. Rifda Irfanaluthfi, Indonesia, 11.900 R3

Floor Qualification Results

1. Wu Ran, China, 13.833 Q
2. Zhang Jin, China, 13.700 Q
3. Miyata Shoko, Japan, 13.633 Q
4. Lee Yunseo, South Korea, 13.367 Q
5. Yeo Seojeong, South Korea, 13.167 Q
6. Rifda Irfanaluthfi, Indonesia, 12.667 Q
7. Lai Pin-Ju, Taiwan, 12.600 Q
8. Dildora Aripova, Uzbekistan, 12.567 Q
9. Sasiwimon Mueangphuan, Thailand, 12.567 R1
10. Aida Bauyrzhanova, Kazakhstan, 12.467 R2
11. Ting Hua-Tien, Taiwan, 12.467 R3

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Selma Blair ditched her cane at the 2024 Fashion Trust Awards.

Blair, 51, walked the Tuesday, April 9, red carpet without her cane for the first time since her multiple sclerosis remission in 2021. The actress looked ethereal in a double-breasted blazer dress featuring white and silver buttons and large pockets. She accessorized with a shell necklace finished with a gold pendant, a shimmery clutch, a chunky ring and black and silver pumps.

For glam, Blair donned smokey eyeshadow, filled-in eyebrows, pink lips and rosy cheeks. She slicked her blonde hair back at the roots and wore it down.

Blair previously brought her cane to the red carpet at the 2024 Vanity Fair Oscar Party last month. For the party, she rocked a peachy midi dress featuring a cutout over her chest and black bra. She teamed the A-line frock with her black cane and sparkly heels.

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Blair’s makeup consisted of dark eyeliner and pink lips. She pushed her locks to the side as she smiled for the camera.

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Through the years, Blair has been candid about using a cane. In April 2023, she opened up to Vogue about her “emotional and physical attachment” to the walking device.

“I settle in my voice and body as soon as I hold [it],” she told the publication. “I know it adds to visibility. So many younger people have started publicly embracing their sticks more. I do think representation matters. If I can help remove stigma or over-curiosity in a crowd for someone else, then that’s great.”

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In November 2023, she shared a health update at the 2023 Glamour Women of the Year Awards.

“My health is good,” she told Entertainment Tonight. “I’ve been in remission since I had a bone marrow transplant to stop the progression of the MS, that had been, for really many, many years, burning.”

She added, “I am feeling really, really much stronger now and building stamina.”


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From playing a fashion-savvy journalist in Confessions of a Shopaholic to an ambitious magician in Now You See Me, Isla Fisher has become a name known across the world.

But before she made it big as a successful Hollywood star, the actress started her famed career right here on Australian soil.

Here’s everything you need to know about Isla Fisher’s early Aussie fame, how she broke onto the Hollywood scene, and what she’s up to in 2024.

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How did Isla Fisher get into acting?

After moving to Australia aged six, Fisher was nine when she landed her first on-screen gig in a TV commercial.

After working in commercials, the actress transitioned to television in her teens.

What was Isla Fisher’s first role?

Starting out in the Australian entertainment industry, Fisher was 17 when she landed a small role in the series Bay City.

Fisher revealed in an interview with The Age that she had tutors on set during the show.

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Not long after that, she had a three-episode part in the Nine Network series Paradise Beach in 1993.

But her big break on Aussie TV came a year later in 1994 when she debuted on the long-running soap series Home and Away as Shannon Reed.

Fisher was 18 when she started out on the show, and it was a role she would keep until 1997.

What was Isla Fisher’s big break

Fisher’s breakout role overseas would come a few years after she landed a small role as Mary Jane in the 2002 American film Scooby-Doo.

In 2005, Fisher broke onto the Hollywood scene in the comedy Wedding Crashers.

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The actress played Gloria, starring alongside major stars Vince Vaughn, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams. 

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Speaking to The Age, Fisher revealed she requested to be switched out during a scene with Vaughn in which her character is naked.

“There was a moment when it did occur to me that there are probably a million actresses who are more than willing to do the role and to be nude for it,” she said.

“But I think you have to stand by what you believe in and it was important to me, so I asked for it.”

Speaking to E! News in 2024 about a potential sequel to her breakout film, Fisher admitted “there have been conversations where we were pretty close.”

“She’s such a fun character. It’s also so rare, as a woman, to be in a comedy where you get to make jokes and not just be the straight man.”

What other movies and TV shows has she been in?

Isla Fisher and Hugh Dancy in Confessions of a Shopaholic.

After her breakout role in Wedding Crashers, Fisher started to become a regular face in Hollywood.

A year later she starred in Wedding Daze opposite Jason Biggs, followed by roles in Hot Rod and Definitely, Maybe alongside Rachel Weisz and Ryan Reynolds.

In 2009, Fisher would land one of the biggest roles of her career: Confessions of a Shopaholic.

Fisher played the titular shopaholic and aspiring fashion journalist Rebecca Bloomwood in the romantic comedy, in which Hugh Dancy was her love interest.

In the 2010s, the actress starred in Now You See Me, The Great Gatsby, Keeping Up with the Joneses and Bachelorette.

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In 2021, she appeared in the animated film Back to the Outback, speaking to 9Honey Celebrity about how she felt voicing a snake in the movie. 

“I was very excited. I’ve always wanted to play a creature and never thought I’d be cast as a snake,” she said.

What is Isla Fisher doing now?

Fisher is still acting as of 2024, more recently starring in the Stan series Wolf Like Me since 2022 and the 2023 comedy film Strays.

Additionally to acting, Fisher has authored several children’s books over the years as part of her Marge in Charge series.

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In 2022, she released her latest book Mazy the Movie Star.

In her personal life, the 48-year-old is a mum to three children: daughters, Olive, 16, and Elula, 13, and son Montgomery, eight, who she shares with ex Sacha Baron Cohen.

Isla Fisher’s net worth

According to Celebrity Net Worth, after her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen, Fisher has an estimated standalone net worth of $US80 million (approx. $122.7 million). 

Isla Fisher’s relationships

Fisher recently announced her split from husband Sacha Baron Cohen in April 2024 after more than 20 years together.

Sacha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher attends the EE British Academy Film Awards at the Royal Opera House on February 14, 2016 in London, England.

“After a long tennis match lasting over twenty years, we are finally putting our racquets down,” the joint statement read.

They explained they had “jointly filed to end our marriage” in 2023.

The pair first met at a Sydney party in 2002. They tied the knot in 2010 and now share three children together.

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The 75th Emmy Awards, The War and Treaty, and Charlie Puth celebrate the lives and careers of colleagues who have passed away this year.


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