Fantastic gymnastic! Men's artistic team win first medal since 1912
22:11 GMT, 30 July 2012
Great Britain had a silver medal snatched away from them by Japan in the men’s gymnastics team event last night, but celebrated the ‘miracle’ of their first team bronze for 100 years.
Louis Smith, Max Whitlock, Daniel Purvis, Sam Oldham and Kristian Thomas were in second place after the final round but saw Japan win an appeal which pushed the home team into bronze position.
Jumping for joy: GBs gymnastics team (from left) Kristian Thomas, Sam Oldham, Daniel Purvis, Louis Smith and Max Whitlock celebrate
But Smith, who won individual bronze on the pommel horse in Beijing four years ago, said: ‘For us, this is a dream come true. To get a bronze medal is a miracle. Silver, bronze, it doesn’t matter. We have the bronze medal on our necks, who cares about silver
‘We set out to come top six or top five; to enjoy ourselves. To get a medal was unbelievable.
‘I’m happy for Japanese. They are the pinnacle. All of us want to be as good as them. If the judges got something wrong and they deserve to win a medal then that is good enough for me and all of us.’
In the medals: The team pose for a photo after their award ceremony
Japan’s Kohei Uchimura’s final score was bumped up by 0.7 after officials decided they had misjudged his dismount from the pommel horse.
The appeal saw Japan take silver behind China, with Ukraine left without a medal in fourth.
The last time we won a medal
Britain’s bronze in Stockholm in 1912 (below) was their last medal in team gymnastics at the Olympics. There were no Lycra outfits, but gymnasts wore knickerbockers and stockings. Rope-climbing was a discipline and powerhouses China, Japan and USA were nowhere to be seen.