30/07/2012 20:37 | By Sammy Herbert, reporter, MSN Sport
Britain's men's gymnasts win bronze

A fantastic team performance secures an historic bronze



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Great Britain won their first men's Olympic team medal in a century when they claimed bronze at the North Greenwich Arena .

Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas scored a total of 271.711 as they produced a stunning team performance in front of a royal audience.

Team GB's artistic gymnastics team had initially been awarded silver but an inquiry into the score of Kohei Uchimura's pommel horse routine saw Japan claim silver and Britain downgraded to bronze. China retained their gold medal with 2008 silver medallists Japan leapfrogging Britain's score of 271.711 with an upgraded total of 271.952.

The Duke of Cambridge and Prince Harry led the support as Britain won their first Olympic team medal since the bronze at the Stockholm Games in 1912 to thunderous applause from the home crowd. It came as a huge shock to both the gymnasts and the home crowd, with boos reverberating around the arena as Britain were stripped of their silver medal.

A medal of any colour would have exceeded all expectations for the British team with bronze looking like the best they could dream for against the gymnastics powerhouses of the United States, Russia, China and Japan.

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31/07/2012 06:46
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Why is no one reporting on the unsportsmanlike behaviour of the Japanese? Is it not pc? Because I find cheating and whingeing very non-pc! The Japanese gymnast fell off the pommel horse after a poorly executed routine - FELL, not dismount. He was just lucky to remain on is feet. How that justified a 0.7 increase in points, I'll never understand. Right minded people know that Britain won the silver and Ukraine the bronze. I despair for the Olympics if the judges are going to be swayed by countries they think have more pull in the world economy. What happened to the ethos of the games? Shame on them. Well done boys, you did Britain proud, and behaved like gentlemen 
31/07/2012 00:46
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how can japan jump from 4th to second!!!!I know seemingly there was a mistake on the scoring,.but never that much. Very strange!!!!
31/07/2012 06:41
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The boys have been robbed of their silver medals. This will be in the history and never forgotten. The japan boys will always be remembered by the uk as the team who cant bare to lose.  Team GB were great and have made the whole of uk proud to know that they were meant to win the silver. Something that has not been done for 100 years. At least they still received bronze i feel sorry for the ukrains it would have done them great to receive a medal.  
31/07/2012 06:47
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The way the **** "Fell off " the horse was why they came 4th. They should have come 5th. I bet our lads wouldnt have complained if they had come 4th. No sport like a bad sport, you cheating Japs.  
31/07/2012 00:33
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Well done lads you were amazing, done GB proud :) x
31/07/2012 09:05
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why is no one questioning the results, or dicussing the japanese. no matter what the difficultie was on the routine, the japanese guy still didnt complete the routine, he fell of, so how can that give them points and give them silver?? no one is saying, this is wrong, bronze wouldve been fine, but i dont understand the results here, we had no faults on our rotine, so should keep the silver, this is unfair, and even more unfair to sweep it under the carpet, why dont we protest these things.  
31/07/2012 01:29
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they should have had the silver, the japanees are not sportys men two of there gymnast's blunderd baddly, the fell. The japaness regasterd a cpmplaint unjustly and they were rewarded with the silver so our boys had to take the bronz, the poor ukrains that did so well and won bronz were robed by the japs, and had to go home empty handed after winning the bronz..

 

suzette lord  

31/07/2012 08:13
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Hey GB........Good job lads....shame you were robbed.
31/07/2012 08:30
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Judges decisions should be final and unquestionable, next thing football referees will be revising match results.
31/07/2012 08:15
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Hey MSN.....stop using the site as a dating agency
31/07/2012 08:16
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If the Japanese team cheated, shame on them! 

If not, shame on someone who did use non-PC expression here.

I honour the British athletes regardless of my being a Japanese, who is now

enjoying your hospitality here in the UK.


31/07/2012 09:14
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in their hearts and minds the japanese know the medel isnt theirs, that weighs heavy
31/07/2012 08:12
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Cheats Cheats Cheats.......I guess the head judge was from Japan, shame on you Japanese, I thought the Japanese were a decent race.....obviously not.  Go back and crawl under your sushi, you will be remebered for not winning the silver but for disgracing yourselves as sportsmen
31/07/2012 09:37
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We are all so proud of our guys getting their bronze medals for an outstanding gymnastics display, well done all of you!

I too, don't understand how the judges came to their decision?

31/07/2012 09:47
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thought the competitors took the oath to abide by the judges decisions and the judges to be fair. As usual we sit back and let the world walk all over us. The judges all voted separately and that was the result. WHY do we take all this S... from the rest of the world!!!!!!!
31/07/2012 10:13
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The Brits did good!!! The Japanese contestant clearly fell off but apparently because he landed on his feet it was a 'dismount'.  Hardly a dismount worth of a silver medal however!  Surely if he attempted something and did not achieve it he should not receive the same level of credit! Not sour grapes here.. just think being 'fair' to the japanese has resulted in unfairness to GB, but more so to the Ukraine team.  let's not forget they l;ost out on a medal all together because of this.
31/07/2012 10:29
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Once again other countries MOAN and get their way! That guy CLEARLY fell off and DIDNT complete what he was ment to do! GRIPS MY POOP! :-(  
31/07/2012 10:47
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I'm a judge (not at this level!!) but when a judge puts their mark in a head judge then looks at them and makes sure that they are within (usually 0.5 of each other) if they had been wrong that head judfe would not hav allowed them to go forward. I cannot understand how they can question a mark or how that head judge who will be of world quality experience cud hav made a mistake!! 

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