Chinese Men Top Japan, Germany for Gold
(6 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

The Chinese men captured their ninth world team title Thursday evening at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam. Left to right: Lu Bo, Teng Haibin, Feng Zhe, Yan Mingyong, Chen Yibing and Zhang Chenglong

The Chinese men captured their ninth world team title Thursday evening, topping Japan and Germany at the 2010 World Gymnastics Championships in Rotterdam.

The U.S. took fourth as the top four teams repeated their ranking from the 2007 Worlds in Stuttgart.

China outscored Japan by 1.228, giving the dominant Chinese men their smallest margin of victory in recent years. The Chinese just edged Japan on floor exercise and parallel bars, but outscored their top rivals by more than 2 points on still rings.

Led by world champion Kohei Uchimura, Japan nearly won its first team title since 1978. The Japanese outscored the field on pommel horse and vault, but falls from Kazuhito Tanaka on still rings and high bar ultimately cost them the gold medal.

Fifth in qualification, European champion Germany thrilled itself with the bronze. The Germans, who lost national champion Marcel Nguyen to a broken leg only weeks ago, gave an inspired effort in finals to lead all teams after four events. The team ended on its weakest event, pommel horse, but avoided disaster to keep itself on the podium.

The U.S. outscored all teams on high bar and was third on rings, but finished last on pommel horse.

France, Russia, Great Britain and Korea rounded out the team finalists.

Competition continues Friday with the men's and women's all-around finals.

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2010 World Gymnastics Championships
Oct. 21, Rotterdam, Netherlands

Men's Team FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBScore
1. China 44.333 43.099 46.800 47.999 46.733 46.033 274.997
2. Japan 44.198 44.633 44.532 48.183 46.624 45.599 273.769
3. Germany 44.032 43.132 44.857 47.799 45.333 46.099 271.252
4. United States 43.566 40.032 44.833 47.566 45.016 46.999 268.012
5. France 42.132 43.598 43.399 46.357 44.483 43.499 263.468
6. Russia 42.466 43.599 44.374 46.899 44.566 41.266 263.170
7. Great Britain 41.775 43.899 41.932 47.899 42.932 42.666 261.103
8. Korea 42.433 41.099 42.649 48.132 42.999 42.640 259.952
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Kristin said:

Well, the first two spots were not big surprises, and probably well deserved, but as a European myself, it was really nice with the German bronze medal! smilies/smiley.gif
October 21, 2010
Votes: +1

Vicki said:

Too bad about Japan's falls. There will be more pressure to win next year in their home country....and I think they will do it.

The US will have to fix the pommel horse situation if they hope to contend for gold by the Olympics. They have some horse specialists who don't do other events (which is no good for the team set-up). The other top guys' scores are just OK if they hit and, of course, it's a precarious event, so with a mistake, the scores are less than OK.

What's up with the strange score truncation? Are they cutting down on the number of judges too? This may lead to some erroneous results in the all-around.
October 21, 2010
Votes: +0

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