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Gold medal winning gymnast Yang Wei made an Olympic standard dismount from CAMPER on Sunday -- and with the big red racing yacht rattling along at 10-12 knots the jump's difficulty rating was off the charts.

"I could have done more difficult jump but was given short notice and I just did a simple flip forward" - Olympic gold medallist Yang Wei

Yang, who won three gold medals at the Beijing Olympics in 2008, joined CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand for the inshore part of the start of Leg 4, Stage 1 in Sanya Bay.

Yang is renowned for the very high difficulty scores of his performances but he said his jump -- an energetic somersault with at least a half-twist thrown in for good measure -- could have been better with a bit more time to prepare.

"It is my first experience of getting on a Volvo sailing boat," the 32-year-old said. "It is really a thrilling sport. What strikes me the most is the crew's great teamwork.

"I could have done a more difficult gymnastic jump but was just given short notice that it was time to go. I just did a simple flip forward."

He added: "I had a good talk with the crew on board. They asked me how many gold medals I won and how many chin-ups I can do. I also learned from them about how they race the boat and work with each other."

Yang's jump was the second spectacular effort in in-port racing after England cricketer Graeme Swann turned and saluted as he dived off the Abu Dhabi Ocean Racing yacht in the team's home port.

Yang is married to the former gymnast Yang Yun, who wisely turned down the chance to jump with him.

"My wife is also in Sanya but she doesn't want to jump with me because she doesn't swim!"

There was no such problem for the other Olympic gold medallist on the water on Sunday. Luo Xue Juan, who took gold in the 100m breaststroke in Athens in 2004, made another  stylish dive of the day as she waved goodbye to Team Sanya.

 

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World Champion gymnast and 3 time Olympic Gold medalist Yang Wei from China somersaults off the back of CAMPER with Emirates Team New Zealand at the start of leg 4 of the Volvo Ocean Race 2011-12, from Sanya, China to Auckland, New Zealand.