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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 14, 2016: Their names will go down in history
Ten months after becoming the first British man to be crowned World champion (Pommel Horse), Max Whitlock inked the most glorious page in United Kingdom Gymnastics history. In the space of two hours, Whitlock won Britain's first -- and its second -- Olympic gold medals, draping himself in the Union Jack after both Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse, where he deprived his compatriot Louis Smith of becoming an Olympic champion in his own right by 0.133 points.
Winner of the bronze medal in the All-around Wednesday, Whitlock, 23, brought his Olympic tally to five. Smith won his fourth medal, his third in a row on Pommel Horse, ahead of American Alex Naddour.
Elsewhere, Giulia Steingruber banked her nation's first ever Olympic medal in Women's Artistic Gymnastics with a bronze medal finish on Vault.

The golden parade continues for Biles
Simone Biles had already dominated the Team finals with the U.S. women and the All-around final on her own. On Sunday the American crushed the Vault final. The 19-year-old Texan, who already holds a record 10 World titles in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, had never done better than silver on this apparatus on the international stage.
Using an upgraded second Vault to her full advantage, Biles surpassed Russia's Maria Paseka, the 2015 World champion and London 2012 bronze medallist, who took silver, her fourth Olympic medal, and Steingruber. 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong (PRK) ranked sixth after falling on a risky new vault.

Mustafina, the girl with the golden swing
Can Aliya Mustafina replicate her Olympic medal collection? Just as she did in London, the Russian star swung to gold on the Uneven Bars after winning silver with her team and bronze in the All-Around. All she has left is to rank third in Tuesday's event final on Floor, where she harvested bronze four years ago.
Mustafina performed early in the eight woman final, but her score held fast against challenges from 2015 World champion Madison Kocian of the USA and Germany's Sophie Scheder, who claimed silver and bronze.

Brazilian fiesta on the Floor
They may not have won the title, but 2005 and 2007 World Floor champion Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano brought the home crowd to a boil by winning silver and bronze on Floor, Brazil's second and third medals in Gymnastics after Arthur Zanetti's Rings triumph in 2012.
The Rio Olympic Arena resembled Maracana Stadium during a football game as reigning world champion Kenzo Shirai of Japan stacked up imperfect landings on his highly difficult tumbling passes, taking himself out of the running. Suffering from a backache, two-time Olympic All-around champion Kohei Uchimura was not able to attain his usual score either. The silver medallist on Floor from London 2012 finished fifth, just behind Shirai.

For Chusovitina, a 7th place to close out her 7th Olympics
Golden in 1992 with the Unified Team in Barcelona, Oksana Chusovitina completed her seventh (and last?) Olympic Games Sunday with a seventh place finish on Vault. At 41, the Uzbek risked the most difficult vault in the code of points, but could not secure her landing. That left Chusovitina's execution score too weak to enable the 2008 Olympic silver medallist on Vault to score a last medal.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office, Aug 13, 2016: Belarusian prodigy Uladzislau Hancharou ended a nine-year undefeated run by Chinese gymnasts in Olympic and World Trampoline competition Saturday in Rio, capturing the gold medal over 2012 Olympic champion Dong Dong and 2015 World Champion Gao Lei.

Hancharou jumps to the crown
Two years ago, at only 18, Hancharou made a name for himself by bouncing to bronze at the World Championships. A year later, he took silver behind Gao Lei. He confirmed his status as a contender who could beat the Chinese with a victory at the Test Event in the Olympic Arena in April.
In the hour of decision, Hancharou performed with elegance. Second in qualification behind Gao, the 20-year-old Belarussian delivered a squeaky clean if less difficult routine compared to the Chinese in the final to take gold, his country's first Olympic title in the sport.

Third Olympic medal completes the set for Dong Dong
After bronze in Beijing in 2008 and gold in London in 2012, Dong Dong was decked in silver this time, becoming the first gymnast to gather a complete set of Olympic medals in Trampoline. The triple World champion, 27, may not have won the title in Rio, but he was delighted to be on the podium, where he has stood at all World Championships and Olympic Games between 2007 and 2014.

Gao Lei's airshow merits bronze
As the reigning World champion, armed with a routine of incredible difficulty and amplitude, Gao Lei came to Rio as a serious contender for gold. The 23-year-old led after the qualification round, but in the final, he had control problems and wasn't able to count on his strengths -- time of flight and the highest difficulty score of the field -- to make the difference. As a result, he settled for bronze in his first Olympic appearance.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 10, 2016: Kohei Uchimura lived up to his 'King' moniker with a supreme horizontal bar routine to snatch gymnastics all-around gold away from Ukraine's Oleg Verniaiev on Wednesday.
The Japanese superstar trailed by almost a point heading into the final rotation, but it pitted him against Verniaiev on his rival's least-favoured apparatus and one which Uchimura is world champion in.
Verniaiev was a stuck landing away from causing a huge upset in the event, but he stumbled on dismount, after Uchimura had piled on the pressure with an enormous score of 15.800.
The turnaround meant Uchimura won by just .099 of a point. Great Britain's Max Whitlock took bronze behind the leading pair.
Whitlock had run Uchimura closer than anyone in the latter's career when finishing almost one and a half points outside gold at the 2014 World Championship, but Verniaiev brought the heat like nobody before him, superlative routines in the rings and horizontal bars setting up the tensest of finales.
Such a climax looked unlikely when Uchimura began his work with a stunning 15.766 on the floor, while Whitlock began on his favoured pommel horse, registering 15.875.
Verniaiev's consistency kept him in contention, as he racked up the second-highest score on pommel horse and led in the rings to ensure Uchimura lost ground.
When the Ukrainian took 0.500 points out of the reigning champion on parallel bars, the scent of surprise was rich in the air, although Verniaiev's relative weakness on horizontal bar kept Uchimura in the hunt.
And how he took advantage, producing a stunning routine of poise and breath-taking changes in direction to put Verniaiev in need of replicating the 14.900 he had managed at last year's European Games.
A solid routine - lacking his predecessor's fireworks but impressive nonetheless - just needed a solid landing, but a stumble off the bars ensured Uchimura's legacy remains intact.
His third Olympic gold medal puts him two behind his country's most decorated gymnast in the Games - Takashi Ono - with an individual floor final to follow at Rio 2016 as well as potential crowning glory on home turf in four years' time.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug12, 2016: Canada's Rosie MacLennan did it again, winning her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's trampoline Friday in Rio.
MacLennan's trampoline victory four years ago in London gave Canada its only gold at those Games.
The King City, Ont., native was Canada's flag-bearer at last week's opening ceremony in Rio, and her gold is the second by a Canadian at these Olympics. Swimmer Penny Oleksiak won Canada's first gold on Thursday night.
MacLennan's 56.545 score bested all others among the eight competitors who made the final after two rounds of qualifiers.
Britain's Bryony Page, who was the second athlete to compete in the final, was the leader for much of the round with a score of 56.040. MacLennan, who went third last, bumped Page into the silver-medal spot.
China's Li Dan followed MacLennan's routine with a score of 55.885, which earned her the bronze medal.
"I had a bit of a shaky preliminary round so I came into the final ... trying to stay high," she told CBC after her performance.
"When I was done I looked over at [my coach] … he had a smile on his face and that's the first indication that I did all right."
Not bad for someone who nearly had her Rio plan derailed after a pair of head injuries last year.
MacLennan battled headaches, vision issues and occasionally mixed up her words. She took some time off and was eventually cleared to return, but her confidence needed to be restored.
"In some ways it was really tough," MacLennan said. "But it was also a reminder of how much I really did love the sport. Because if I didn't, I would have given up."
MacLennan is the first repeat Olympic champion in the sport, which has been an Olympic event since the Sydney Games in 2000.
Canada has now earned a medal in the event at every Olympic Games where it has been held, with Karen Cockburn winning a bronze in 2000 and then two silvers in 2004 and then 2008 before Rosie MacLennan won back to back in 2012 and 2016.
"I knew I was giving everything I had to give myself the best chance," MacLennan said. "I hoped I was capable of it. I just really wanted to keep pushing and to keep working."
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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 9, 2016: The American women captured their second consecutive Olympic team title in grand fashion Tuesday night at the Rio Olympic Arena. The reigning Olympic champions topped Russia by more than 8 points, nearly twice the gap that separated second from last place in the eight team final.
Just as they did in Sunday's qualification round, Gabrielle Douglas, Alexandra Raisman, Simone Biles, Lauren Hernandez and Madison Kocian slayed the competition, hitting each of their routines with disarming assurance.
This is the third Olympic gold for Douglas and Raisman, both members of the "Fierce Five" team that won in 2012. Both added a second gold in London, Douglas in the All-around, Raisman on Floor.

First Olympic final, first Olympic gold for Biles
The three-time World champion joined the Olympic gold medallist club by clinching the title with her teammates Tuesday. But the smiling, energetic Simone Biles is capable of achieving even more: she posted the highest scores in the All-around as well as on Vault, Balance Beam and Floor Exercise in the qualification round, meaning that she could earn as many as four more gold medals before the competition concludes.

U.S. domination by the numbers
At the 2012 Olympics, the USA won gold by 5.066 points ahead of Russia
At the 2014 World Championships, the USA won gold by 6.194 points ahead of China
At the 2015 World Championships, the USA won gold by 5.174 pts ahead of China
At the 2016 Olympics, the USA won gold by 8.209 points ahead of Russia

Russia pockets a second silver
With the Americans so far ahead the rest of the field, the suspense of the final was played out in the fight for silver and bronze, which came down to the last event. With their strong finish on Vault, the Russians literally jumped to the second rung of the podium. Aliya Mustafina and Maria Paseka, both members of the team who took silver in London four years ago, earned their fifth and third Olympic medals, respectively. But for the Russian team, which also includes Angelina Melnikova, Seda Tutkhalian and Daria Spiridonova, this silver medal means a lot, just as it did for their male teammates, who also took silver in Monday's Men's Team final.

China in bronze
If winning bronze was bitter for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic champion Chinese men Monday, it tasted better to the Chinese women. Mao Yi, Tan Jiaxin, Wang Yan, Shang Chunsong and Fan Yilin were set to touch silver before a rough Floor rotation ended their hopes of beating Russia. But for a team that finished an unlucky fourth in London, any medal is a good medal.
Japan, in bronze medal position going into the final rotation, ultimately placed fourth, ahead of Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands and Brazil. 

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug11, 2016:That this was expected makes it no less remarkable.
Simone Biles accomplished what has been long predicted, winning the Olympic all-around competition here at Rio Olympic Arena on Thursday.
Her win gave the American’s the Olympic all-around title for the fourth consecutive time, extending a streak that began in 2004.
It was the first major international meet where she trailed at any point, but it hardly mattered as she scored 62.198 to win by 2.1 points.
Teammate Aly Raisman, who took silver, knew Biles would take the title by a comfortable margin. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina claimed bronze.
“Just to be able to have that with her and to experience it, it’s really going to be special,” Raisman said after qualifying on Sunday. “I go into it knowing that I hope that she wins just because she wins every single competition.”
That’s no exaggeration. Biles’ Olympic all-around gold is the latest in a long line that have made her the greatest gymnast in her sport’s history.
Biles helped the Final Five to team gold here on Tuesday. It was one of three team golds that she’s been part of since the London Olympics.
Biles herself as won the past three all-around competitions at the world championships. During that run, she won a record 10 gold medals and 14 overall.
Biles, 19, has won every all-around competition she has entered since August 2013, a streak that includes four consecutive U.S. titles.
As she has throughout that run, Biles stayed far ahead of the field by performing the most difficult gymnastics with some of the best execution. Her margin of victory was nearly double the largest she’s had in winning the major international all-around competition each year.
Biles trailed Mustafina by 0.034 after the second rotation, during which both were on uneven bars. That’s Mustafina’s best event and Biles’ worst.
She pulled away from there, taking first place by more than 1.8 points after balance beam. On floor, she was spectacular, putting together her usual soaring, technically difficult routine to earn the highest score of the day.
Raisman, meanwhile, was fourth after two rotations, but moved into third on beam and took silver thanks to a floor routine that was second only to Biles’.
The Americans finished first and second for the first time since 2008 when Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson claimed gold and silver, respectively. It was Raisman’s first Olympic all-around medal after she lost a tiebreaker for third in London four years ago.
As Raisman came off floor, she sobbed and waved to the crowd. When Biles came off, the teammates embraced each other, the persistently bubbly Biles crying in Raisman’s arms.
The Americans are and have been the best in the world for quite some time. They were expected to go home with these medals, but those expectations couldn’t make this feel any less sweet.
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The Chinese SHANG Chunsong got the fourth place with 58.549 pts

Results:
1- BILES Simone USA 62.198 pts
2- RAISMAN Alexandra USA 60.098 pts
3- MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 58.665 pts

 

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 8, 2016: After silvers at the past two Olympic Games, Kohei Uchimura led the Japanese to the team gold medal in Men's Gymnastics Monday night in Rio.

A seventh gold for Japan
The Japanese men extended their record as the most successful team in Men's Gymnastics with their seventh Olympic team title, defeating Russia and 2008 and 2012 Olympic champions China in a suspense-filled final whose outcome was not decided until the final event.
The Japanese (Kohei Uchimura, Kenzo Shirai, Ryohei Kato, Yusuke Tanaka and Koji Yamamuro) began slowly on Pommel Horse and even trailed the Russians by two points after the second of six rotations. The reigning World champions didn't begin pulling away until they went to Vault, where twisting sensation Shirai electrified the team by sticking one of his signature skills, a triple-twisting jump named in his honor. Japan never looked back, executing a string of sterling performances on Parallel Bars, Horizontal Bar and, under immense pressure, on Floor Exercise. There, Olympic and six-time World All-around champion Uchimura sealed the victory with a nearly flawless routine.
No team has been more successful in Olympic competition than the Japanese, who won five Olympic team titles between 1960 and 1976, as well as in Athens in 2004.

A personal victory for Uchimura
Team gold is the realisation of a long-held dream for Uchimura, the gymnast many consider the greatest of all time. For "King Kohei", who owns team silvers from the Beijing and London Olympic Games, standing atop an Olympic podium with his teammates has been his number one goal, even over another All-around title.
Uchimura now has six Olympic medals, and having locked down the first gold in Men's Gymnastics at this Games, he can focus on defending his title in Wednesday's All-around final. He will have a third chance to add to his medal haul in the Floor final, an event where he won Olympic silver in 2012.

Sweet silver for Russia
The Russian men have waited 16 years to stand on an Olympic podium: their last team medal, a bronze, came in Sydney in 2000.
For a moment, it looked like Rio too might pass them by. Due to the doping scandal that put the entire Russian delegation's Olympic participation in doubt, the team didn't know if they would even be able to compete in Rio until last week.
If they were distracted, it didn't show. Focused and precise throughout, the team (Ivan Stretovich, David Belyavskiy, Nikolai Kuksenkov, Denis Abliazin and Nikita Nagornyy) held the lead for two thirds of the evening but were unable to match the Japanese  as they ascended on Parallel Bars, High Bar and Floor Exercise.

The end of Chinese domination
Bronze tastes bittersweet for the Chinese team (Deng Shudi, Lin Chaopan, Liu Yang, You Hao and Zhang Chenglong), for whom gold has been the standard at the Olympics since 2008. In a competition where no room is left for error, China began with a fall on Floor Exercise and recorded other small mistakes as the competition unfolded. Needing near perfect scores on High Bar to challenge for the gold on the last event, China couldn't finish the job against either Japan or Russia.
After a third place finish at the last World Championships, this second bronze rings of the end of Chinese dominance in international competition.

Great Britain, USA odd teams out
Great Britain, who won Olympic bronze in 2012 and World silver in 2015, finished off the podium ahead of the United States at a competition where both teams had hoped for better. Host country Brazil, buoyed by the support of an adoring crowd, ranked sixth in their first ever Olympic team final. Germany and Ukraine, who bowed out of the competition early, rounded out the final in seventh and eighth.

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