A fantastic team performance secures an historic bronze
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.
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..
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.
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?