Russians edge Japan to take gold in men’s gymnastics team final; U S

Russians edge Japan to take gold in men’s gymnastics team final; U S

tokyo the u.s men’s gymnastics team has long known the task ahead winning a team medal at these olympic games would require an excellent performance and the americans delivered that much at least until the waning moments of monday’s final but they also understood the other critical but uncontrollable piece of this metal-winning equation team usa needed one of the powerhouse nations to falter multiple times that part never materialized so the u-men settled for fifth the united states had slipped out of metal contention by the time the gymnasts transitioned to their final apparatus that rotation became a dramatic finale that featured the athletes from the russian olympic committee japan and china they battled for placements on the podium and the you men had no role in that show we knew what we were up against anyway said sam mcculloch the veteran on the u-team they all just knocked it out the roc despite some landing errors from the first two gymnasts on floor still had a cushion of about half a point before its gold medal clinching routine moments earlier daiki hashimoto shined for japan his teammates bounced swayed and cheered as he flew through the air on each skill during his high bar routine then they greeted him with exuberant hugs that performance meant russia’s nikita nagorni needed to answer with a strong routine the 2019 world all-around champion delivered he collapsed to the ground in tears when his score appeared on the video board and it narrowly exceeded the required mark russians with a 262 500 final tally had secured their first team gold since 1996 the roc counted on six routines from artur daliloia a world champion who tore his achilles tendon in april with tape squeezing his entire ankle dalaloyan looked relieved once he finished his floor routine knowing a mistake could have knocked his team from the first place position it held through much of the evening once the roc finally stood atop the podium where the athletes are asked to grab metals on their own because of coronavirus restrictions nagorni took the metal from dalailloian’s hands and put it around his teammate’s neck dalaillon then did the same for nagorni japan placed just over a tenth of a point behind in second that margin is equivalent to the deduction taken for one step on a landing or any other tiny mistake both teams had fantastic performances china landed in third with 261 894 after a couple errors but the team stayed within striking distance until the end when all the contenders had some nervy moments heading into that last rotation team usa trailed japan the third place team at the time by about four points the americans understood what that meant oh yeah we knew there was no hope said mccoolick a three-time olympian we were rotating with russia so teammate shane wiscus said it was hard to miss mcculloch said the u
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Russians edge Japan to take gold in men’s gymnastics team final; U S

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