Olympic Results 2012: Notable Highlights from Gymnastics Competitions

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Olympic Results 2012: Notable Highlights from Gymnastics Competitions
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The gymnastics competition saw four medals awarded on Tuesday in what was a heart-stopping day of excitement at the 2012 London Games.

Both the men and women went at it today. Gold medalists were crowned in men's parallel bars and horizontal bar, while the women competed in the floor exercise and on the beam.

Here we will highlight each medalist from all of the routines and many other notable results.

 

Men's Parallel Bars

China's Feng Zhe blew away the competition in the parallel bars routine by posting a stellar score of 15.966, 0.166 higher than silver medalist Marcel Nguyen of Germany. France's Hamilton Sabot brought home the bronze.

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Zhe's triumph marks China's third gold through all gymnastics events. He went with six gymnasts still to come, but the routine was nearly flawless. He posted the third-highest qualifying score, so he was definitely in the medal conversation.

Still, a gold was rather unexpected.

The 24-year-old gymnast finished his routing off with a double-backflip, sticking the landing to put himself in prime position to finish atop the podium.

 

Men's Horizontal Bar

The Netherlands' Epke Zonderland ended his country's gymnastics gold medal drought by posting a very impressive 16.533. It had been 84 years since a Dutchman brought home a gold in the sport, but Zonderland beat out Germany's Fabian Hambuchen and China's Zou Kai, the defending champion.

This was Kai's first medal that isn't gold. He racked up three golds in Beijing and two more in the team competition and floor exercise, making this his sixth overall medal.

Americans Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton finished in fifth and sixth place, respectively, in a tough field made up of the best in the world. The two didn't turn in disappointing performances, but their routines didn't have the high level of difficulty that some other competitors demonstrated.

 

Women's Floor Exercise

As expected, Aly Raisman took home the gold medal in the women's floor exercise—her second gold of these Games, along with the team all-around. She beat out Romania's Catalina Ponor by 0.4 points for a comfortable victory.

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Russia's Aliya Mustafina won the bronze medal, her fourth medal in these Games.

Jordyn Wieber completed her epically disappointing performance by finishing in seventh place. She was expected to come back to the United States with the most medals of any American gymnast, but it just wasn't her time to shine.

 

Women's Beam

Aly Raisman initially finished in fourth place, but after her coach protested and requested a review, her score was changed to a 15.066 to give her a third medal in these London Games.

Her bronze medal score was originally tied with Romania's Catalina Ponor, but Raisman was awarded the medal because she had a higher execution score.

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Gabby Douglas was unable to add to her medal total, as she finished seventh after falling off the beam during her routine.

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