Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2012 Monday Results: Live Scores, Highlights & More

Avi Wolfman-ArentCorrespondent IIJuly 30, 2012

The final tally in Monday's men's team gymnastics final was fairly by the book—China first, Japan second, Great Britain third—but the path taken to get there was anything but.

We start in the sixth and final rotation.

With China firmly ensconced in first place, Japan, Great Britain and Ukraine waged a fierce battle for the final two podium spots.

When Japan's Kohei Uchimura came flying off the pommel horse routine, it appeared as though Britain had won silver, Ukraine had taken bronze and that the Japanese, a pre-event co-favorite, would leave empty handed.

Not so fast.

Japan appealed Uchimura's score and was awarded an upgrade that bumped the team into second place.

The Brits settled for bronze—still a breakthrough result for the long-dormant men's gymnastics program, but a bitter pill nonetheless.

And that was just the sixth rotation.

If Tuesday's women's final is anything like Monday, we're in for a treat.

Which reminds me:  Join B/R for more live gymnastics coverage on Tuesday and throughout the rest of the Olympic competition.

Until then, sleep well and happy tumbling.