China continued their impressive gold medal haul at the London Olympics on Monday when the country’s gymnasts stormed to the top of the podium to retain their men’s team title.
Great Britain had finished in second place but were later pushed into the Bonze medal position when Japan won an appeal on an incorrect score to take the silver. The decision to promote Japan was met with large and sustained boos from the home crowd but the decision was final.
Japan were in the silver medal position going into the final rotation but dropped out of the medals when triple world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, the last man to compete, drew a low score following a messy dismount from the pommel horse.
Whilst the crowd were celebrating a British silver Japan lodged an appeal against Uchimura’s score.
It took officials nearly 15 minutes before announcing that Uchimura’s pommel horse score had been increased by 0.7 points, bumping Japan up to silver.
It was still a remarkable feat for Team GB who chalked up their best finish in the discipline in over a century.
China collected two more gold medals on day three. Li Xueying dominated the women’s 58kg weightlifting category – breaking two Olympic records en route to the top of the podium. Cao Yuan and Zhang Yanquan also struck gold in the men’s diving synchronised 10-metre platform event.
Team GB poster boy Tom Daley and partner Pete Waterfield could only manage fourth place leaving the home nation still hunting their first gold of the Games.
The stunning action continued at the Aquatics centre. France’s Yannick Agnel claimed his second gold medal of the Games when he won the men’s 200 metres freestyle gold.
Agnel, who anchored the French to the 4×100 freestyle gold on Sunday, beat South Korea’s Park Tae-hwan and China’s Sun Yang, who dead heated for the silver. American favourite Ryan Lochte had to settle for fourth and out of the medals.
Lochte’s compatriot Matt Grevers had better fortunes when the 27-year-old from Lake Forest, Illinois claimed his first individual Olympic gold leading an American one-two in the final of the men’s 100 metres backstroke.
Grevers, who won two relay gold medals and a silver in the same event in Beijing touched home in a new Olympic record time of 52.16 seconds. Compatriot Nick Thoman finished second while Japan’s Ryosuke Irie won bronze.
Team USA were celebrating shortly. Teenager Missy Franklin highlighted her status as the hottest female property in the pool when she won the women’s 100 metres backstroke title.
The 17-year-old, who is competing in a record seven events in her debut Olympics, overtook Australia’s Emily Seebohm in the final few metres to win in a time of 58.33 seconds. Japan’s Aya Terakawa claimed bronze.
The fourth and final medal up for grabs in the pool on the night went to 15-year-old Lithuanian Ruta Meilutyte.
Meilutyte, who trains in Britain, survived the ultimate test of nerves to win the women’s 100 metres breaststroke gold and become the first swimmer from her country to win an Olympic medal.
Elsewhere North Korea’s Kim Un Guk broke the overall world record for the men’s 62 kg weightlifting category. The Twenty-three year-old lifting a total of 327 kg across the two styles of lift adding 1 kg to the world record which had previously been held by Zhang Jie of China since 2008.
Russian Mansur Isaev beat Japan’s Riki Nakaya to claim the men’s judo -73kg division. Judoka Kaori Matsumoto won Japan’s first gold of the Games winning the final of the women’s -57kg category when Corina Caprioriu of Romania was penalised for a leg grab.
Ukraine’s Yana Shemyakina won gold in the women’s individual epee after a thrilling 9-8 extra-time win over reigning Olympic champion Britta Heidemann of Germany. Romania’s Alin Moldoveanu won gold in the men’s shooting 10m air rifle.