China bounced back from a disappointing qualification campaign to claim gold in the men’s team final at the World Gymnastics Championships in Liverpool on Wednesday.
Japan had qualified in first place but were forced to settle for silver, while the host Britain surged from the foot of the standings at the halfway stage to earn a remarkable bronze at Italy’s expense. All three medalling nations have secured a place at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
“We did so much better compared to the qualification,” said Zhang Boheng, a member of the Chinese winning team and world all round champion. “After one day of refreshing our minds and reflecting after the qualifiers, we got great momentum and rhythm today.
Chinese, who were fourth in Monday’s qualifying competition, won gold with a total of 257.858 points to take home a record-extending 13th gold in the event. Japan held on to take silver on 253.395 points while host nation Britain finished on 247.229 points, ahead of the Italians on 245.995 points.
On Tuesday the United States won the women’s team competition for an unprecedented sixth time in a row. They were pushed all the way by Britain, cheered on by a ferocious home crowd, but eventually clinched gold by more than three points.