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China Surprises; USA Falls to Fifth

By July 30, 2012

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LONDON -- Though China and Japan looked ragged in prelims (China was sixth; Japan fifth), both teams should never be counted out. And, unfortunately for the US, prelim scores don't matter in the team finals.

China and Japan rallied to finish 1-2 in the team finals, followed by Great Britain, who thrilled the home crowd with its team performance. The US team ended in fifth, after an off day that included multiple falls. The Americans had topped the field in prelims.

It was a hotly contested final, though, and the results for the silver and bronze medals came down to the wire. In fact, the results were originally posted as China first, Great Britain second and Ukraine third, before an inquiry submitted on Kohei Uchimura's pommel horse routine was accepted, and his increased score bumped Japan up to silver, Great Britain down to bronze, and Ukraine out of the medals.

The US men excelled on their last and best two events, parallel bars and high bar, but it wasn't enough to jump into the medal mix. With a fall from Danell Leyva on pommels, a missed pommel horse set and vault from John Orozco, and a hands-down landing from Sam Mikulak on floor, it was simply to much for the US to overcome.

The final results:
1. China 275.997    
2. Japan 271.952    
3. Great Britain 271.711    
4. Ukraine 271.526    
5. United States 269.952    
6. Russia 269.603    
7. Germany 268.019    
8. France 265.441

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