Brazilian prodigy Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti was just short of sensational in the rings final on Monday, taking gold from favorite Yibing Chen.
In spite of helping lead his Chinese side to a gold medal in the team final, Chen did not have an answer to the tremendous routine put on display by Zanetti.
Zanetti's whopping score of 15.900 was just 0.100 better than the 15.800 that landed Chen silver in the event. The gold-medal performance was decided by his execution, which the judges believed was slightly better than that of Chen.
The upset was a major one at these Games, as Chen has owned this event for the many years he has been a gymnast. Chen is a four-time world champion and was the winner at the 2008 Beijing Olympics in the event.
Make no mistake about it, this feat was outright incredible for Zanetti and will undoubtedly propel the 22-year old to a stellar career on the rings.
Italian Matteo Morandi also had himself an impressive run in the event. He would finish with the bronze medal following a score of 15.733. His execution was clearly not as perfect as that of Zanetti or Chen, and that is what ultimately made the difference in this one.
Shortly after the men's rings final came the vault final, in which American Sam Mikulak failed to meet expectations with a fifth-place finish.
It was Hak Seong Yang that took the top prize in the event with a score of 16.533. His score topped Russia's Denis Ablyazin who finished with a silver medal and Ukraine's Igor Radivilov who took home a bronze.
The gymnast known for his handspring front triple twist was on point with his delivery on Day 10 at London, and backed up his recent World championship in style.
|Gold||Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti, Brazil||15.900|
|Silver||Yibing Chen, China||15.800|
|Bronze||Matteo Morandi, Italy||15.733|
|DNM||Aleksandr Balandin, Russia||15.666|
|DNM||Denis Ablyazin, Russia||15.633|
|DNM||Tommy Ramos, Puerto Rico||15.600|
|DNM||Iordan Iovtchev, Bulgaria||15.108|
|DNM||Federico Molinari, Argentina||14.733|
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