Jinhua athlete wins first gold medal at 17th Provincial Games
Chen Luofan (center) wins gold in the female team breaking competition at the 17th Games of Zhejiang Province on July 25. [Photo/jinhua.gov.cn]
Chen Luofan, a 16-year-old girl, won gold in the female team breaking competition at the 17th Games of Zhejiang Province on July 25.
It was the first competition held during this year's provincial games, marking the beginning of the largest comprehensive sports meet in the province.
More than 90 young athletes signed up for street dancing competitions in the 17th Games of Zhejiang Province, among which the youngest is just six years old. The four-day event will see four gold medalists.
A participant shows skills in the breaking competition of the 17th Games of Zhejiang Province at the Jinhua Sports Center Gymnasium on July 25. [Video/WeChat account: jhfabu]
Breaking, a style of street dancing, made its official Provincial Games debut at this year's event. It originated in the 1970s as part of hip-hop culture among African-American and Latino-American youth. In 2020, the International Olympic Committee nominated breaking as an official medal event for the Paris Olympic Games 2024.
During the breaking competitions, participants take alternate turns or throw downs to perform their routines during a round featuring a two-minute song. Judges score the battles based on six indicators, including technique, variety, creativity, performativity, musicality, and personality.
The Games of Zhejiang Province are held every four years, and this is the first time a city in central or western Zhejiang has hosted a provincial sporting event. A total of 1,602 athletes of 60 teams from Jinhua will take part in all the games.