Persistence was the key for Chinese gymnast Yang Wei to win a place at the Olympics this August despite his comparatively old age - he is 28 this year. Yang is a veteran of the Sydney Olympics in 2000. He won a silver medal in the individual all-round event and the team event gold medal. In 2004, however, the gymnastics powerhouse met his Waterloo in Athens. Yang came close to the gold medal but felt it slip through his fingers as he fell during the high bar routine. Yang suffered a big blow to his confidence after Athens and even considered retiring. But he still loved gymnastics and kept alive the dream of clinching the Olympics all-round gold medal. With the support of his girlfriend, former gymnastics teammate Yang Yun, he regained his strength and confidence. At the 2006 World Championships, the world saw Yang's return with a series of difficult moves. He won the team's gold medal as well as the individual's all-round and parallel bars title. Having gone through peaks and troughs, Yang is now the man to beat in Beijing with a vigorous clash set to take place between him and his arch rival, US gymnast Paul Hamm, who took the Athens all-round gold medal in 2004.