The 2012 Olympic Games in London crowned its men's team gymnastics champion on July 30, but the full outcome of the highly anticipated event wasn't decided without a healthy dose of controversy that left one nation devastated.
Team China sailed through the competition like golden boys, scoring high mark after high mark on their way to defending their 2008 title with a mammoth final total of 275.997. The win spelled redemption for the Chinese, who flubbed their way though qualifications over the weekend. The first place qualifiers from Team USA finished a disappointing fifth.
Great Britain was initially granted the silver, sparking celebration among the crowd, which included Princes William and Harry. The scrappy Ukrainian team, who turned in what could probably be termed some of the best performances of their lives, earned a surprise bronze. And then everything changed.
The controversy surrounded the scoring of Japanese superstar Kohei Uchimura's final routine. After a disastrous dismount and near-fall from the pommel horse, Uchimura's original score left Team Japan in fourth place, a shocking turn of events for a team initially expected to challenge for gold. The Japanese contested the score, and after extensive deliberations, the judges upgraded Uchimura's score to 14.166, which was good enough for second place.
Much to the crowd's dismay, Great Britain saw their silver turn to bronze, and the obviously crushed Ukrainians saw their medal vanish completely. Such an error in international competition is inexcusable and should never, ever happen. Hopefully, they'll get their act together before tomorrow's Olympic women's team final, which begins at 8:30 AM PT.