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China wins 2nd straight Olympic gold in men's gymnastics

Monday, July 30, 2012 | 1:29 p.m. CDT; updated 2:30 p.m. CDT, Monday, July 30, 2012
The Chinese team celebrates winning the gold as the results are announced during the Artistic Gymnastic men's team final at the 2012 Summer Olympics on Monday.

LONDON — No doubt about it, China is still No. 1 in men's gymnastics.

No. 2 took a little longer to figure out.

The Chinese won their second straight Olympic title and third in four games Monday, finishing in a distant first with a score of 275.997 points.

Britain was initially announced as the silver medalist, setting off raucous celebrations at the O2 Arena. But Japan filed an inquiry over the score of three-time world champion Kohei Uchimura on pommel horse, the team's last routine. After judges spent about five minutes reviewing it, his score was revised and Japan was awarded the silver and Britain was bumped down to bronze.

The crowd booed, but any medal is a cause for celebration for the British men, who hadn't won one in a century. In fact, this was the first time since 1992 that Britain even put a full squad together at the Olympics.

Japan, on the other hand, was considered a heavy favorite going into the London Games.

The Americans, hoping for their first Olympic title since 1984 after finishing first in qualifying, finished fifth. Since scoring began starting from scratch in the finals in 1997, only three teams that qualified in first place failed to win the competition in either the Olympics or the world championships.


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