Olympics gymnastics finals conclude with wins for Netherlands, United States, China
Wednesday, August 8, 2012
China's German gymnast by 0.166 points.won gold in the men's parallel bars, just narrowly beating out the
China also claimed a gold with Romania's , but took the bronze after an appeal.scoring a 15.600 in the women's beam. The balance beam proved treacherous for some: , considered a favourite for the event, came seventh after a dramatic fall. The United States did manage to get a bronze on the beam thanks to who pulled off a routine that received enormous applause. She initially got less points than
The men's horizontal bar event was a volley of high-scoring, high-difficulty routines.from the United States started with a strong 15.833 point routine. China's then grabbed the lead by earning 16.266 points. The German gymnast raised the bar even further with a 16.400 routine. The Dutch gymnast performed a near-flawless and immensely difficult routine that earned 16.533 points, earning him both a gold medal and a standing ovation from the audience in the North Greenwich Arena.
Zonderland's performance makes him the first Dutch gymnast to win gold at the Olympics since the win for the Dutch women's team at the Amsterdam Games in 1928. Hambuchen got a silver medal and the Chinese gymnast took bronze.
In the women's floor event, the eighteen-year-old United States gymnast Alexandra Raisman secured a second gold after her success in the women's team event last week. As in the beam event, she narrowly beat out Catalina Ponor from Romania with a score of 15.600 to 15.200. Aliya Mustafina fromtook home bronze for her 14.900 point routine.
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