On Aug. 8, 2016, Japan won the gold medal in the men’s gymnastics team final at Rio Olympics. Russia obtained the silver medal and China completed the podium, earning the bronze.
Before the last rotation, the top four teams were separated only by 2.7 points. The final piece of apparatus decided the medal winners. Japan finished the competition with 274.094 points, after scoring some of the greatest results of the night; 16.133, 15.466, and 15.600 on the floor.
The USA team took the fifth position. Even though the Americans were the highest qualifiers, some errors on the floor and bar apparatus kept the group out of reach of medals.
However, USA remains with a chance for medals in the female gymnastics competition. The team occupied the first position in qualifications, with a total score of 185.238 points. August 9 is the scheduled date for the women’s final.
After the first three days of competition, USA is leading the Olympic medal count ranking. So far, the Americans secured 13 medals; three gold, six silver, and four bronze. The Chinese and Japanese teams complete the podium after winning ten medals each.
As of this report, 37 teams won a total of 111 medals.
Written by Bianca-Ramona Dumitru
Edited by Cathy Milne
BBC: Gymnastics: men’s team competition
Rio2016: Medal Count
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