Friday, October 15, 2021

Tokyo Olympics: Results of the Men’s Gymnastics Team Competition

TOKYO – Nikita Nagornyy hung out with the rest of the Russian men’s gymnastics team, staring at the scoreboard and waiting.

And wait.

And wait.

What was in fact only a few moments seemed to the group representing the Russian Olympic Committee forever.

In a way it was.

For a quarter of a century, the Russians ceded the top of the medal standings at the Olympics to competitors. Japan. China. The United States.

Nothing more.

When the score for Nagornyy’s floor routine finally flickers – 14,600, just enough to move past Japan and into first place – the reigning world champion shifts with joy, tears and cheerful shouts from his country’s name.

“Everyone here deserves this medal,” Nagornyy said. “I knew we were going to win all the time, and we just confirmed it.”

Just rare.

The Russian team’s total of 262,500 was just ahead of Japan’s 262,397 and China’s 261,8934. The Russians took the lead after the third rotation, although their grip on gold apparently appeared when Abliazin stepped out of bounds on floor practice. Dalaloyan, who competes on a heavy tire, removed the Achilles tendon just three months from the operation, also off limits.

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