U.S. Men's Gymnastics Takes A Fall During Finals; Britain Breaks 100-Year Drought | WAMU 88.5 - American University Radio

NPR : News

Filed Under:

U.S. Men's Gymnastics Takes A Fall During Finals; Britain Breaks 100-Year Drought

The U.S. men's gymnastics team had an excellent day of qualifying this weekend, putting it in first place entering today's team finals. But the Americans struggled in the final, which does not carry points over from the earlier rounds.

Update at 2:12 p.m. EDT: The U.S. team has taken fifth place in the competition, despite early struggles that put them in last place. Great Britain surged to win the silver medal behind China — but Japan is reportedly now disputing the score one of its gymnasts received on the pommel horse.

Update at 2:18 p.m. EDT: Japan's appeal was successful, and the team has been awarded the silver. Britain is pushed down to the bronze. Japan had been in fourth position, behind Ukraine.

As NPR's Mike Pesca reports via Twitter, "Not 8 seconds after scoring change bumps GB from 2 to 3," an announcement was made over the public address system to tell the crowd, "Please show your appreciation for the officials."

Final scores:

  • China 275.997
  • Japan 271.952
  • Great Britain 271.711
  • Ukraine 271.526
  • United States 269.952
  • Russia 269.603
  • Germany 268.019
  • France 265.441

Update at 2:50 p.m. EDT: The bronze might seem like a steep disappointment, but it's Britain's first team medal in gymnastics in 100 years. Still, they did believe they had won silver for 10 minutes — a time during which Ukraine's gymnasts saw their medal hopes extinguished.

ESPN has more about Japan's successful appeal: "Japan's Kohei Uchimura buckled on his pommel horse dismount and GB were elevated to silver, with Ukraine taking the bronze and Japan fourth.

"However, after an appeal was upheld, Japanese went back into the silver position, with Britain taking bronze. Uchimura was battling against raucous noise in the North Greenwich Arena at the time of his error, as the home crowd cheered the final British performances."

Our original post continues:

After five rounds of the final, China leads the competition, with Japan in second. The U.S. team sits behind Ukraine, Britain and Russia.

Only the horizontal bar remains, as the last round of the final. At this point, China seems likely to win the gold, and Japan the silver. The big question is: Who will take bronze?

Only 2.274 points separates Ukraine and the U.S., with Great Britain and Russia standing between them.

Copyright 2012 National Public Radio. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.

WAMU 88.5

Art Beat With Lauren Landau, August 21

A jazz band performs at a local venue and a play explores the difficulties of surviving the American high school experience.

NPR

No. 1 Most Expensive Coffee Comes From Elephant's No. 2

A coffee entrepreneur claims his brew is different — and better — than the trendy civet poop coffee. And it starts with the idea that elephants, unlike humans or civets, are herbivores.
WAMU 88.5

McDonnell To Take Stand Again Today In Corruption Trial

Former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell will take the stand Thursday for the second day, as defense attorneys seek to emphasize how the Republican's relationship with Jonnie Williams did not involve extending special treatment.

NPR

Islamic State Uses Online Strategies To Get Its Message Out

Experts say the videotaped killing of journalist James Foley is part of a broader propaganda strategy by Islamist militants. The group, the Islamic State, has become a master of the video medium.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.