It was absolute heartbreak for the American men inside the North Greenwich Arena on Monday afternoon, the site of the men's gymnastics team final, which was ultimately dominated and won by the Chinese.
Great Britain and Ukraine also suffered letdowns after a late protest by the Japanese team moved them from fourth place to the silver medal. Still for Great Britain, the bronze finish was the best team result for the men's team since 1912.
According to the Daily Mail, the Japanese team made a late inquiry into the score of star gymnast Kohei Uchimura on the pommel horse. The judges talked it over and after a few minutes decided to change the score and Japan's medal fate.
Which was more bizarre?
The biggest loser is Ukraine, but Team Great Britain has to feel snubbed as well. After all, the British men fought hard throughout the competition and exceeded expectations tremendously. They were certainly deserving of a silver medal.
As for the victors, despite struggling mightily through qualifications during the weekend, Day 3 proved to be China's shining moment, as they and Japan both made up for their mistakes by posting medal efforts in the final.
Although the controversy will be the talking point of Monday's event, the only surprise on the podium is Great Britain and the absence of the United States, who looked poised for gold heading into Day 3.
The Americans' collapse was as shocking a result that we have seen at the Games this summer, and promises to be one of Team USA's more infamous moments of these Olympics.
Here's how the men's gymnastics team final unfolded on Day 3.
Final Men's Gymnastics Team Final Standings
|3||Great Britain (271.711)|
|5||United States (269.952)|
*All Results Courtesy of NBCOlympics.com.
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