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China's Dong beats Russia's Ushakov to win men's trampoline


10:25, August 04, 2012

Dong Dong of China celebrates after men's trampoline competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, Aug. 3, 2012. China's Dong Dong and Lu Chunlong grabbed gold and bronze medals in this event respectively. (Xinhua/Shen Bohan)

LONDON, Aug. 3 (Xinhua) -- China's Dong Dong, the 2009 and 2010 world champion, won the men's trampoline gold medal of the Olympic Games with a prevailing 62.990 points on Friday.

Russia's Dmitry Ushakov was 1.221 points trailing to win a silver medal and the defending Olympic champion Lu Chunlong of China settled with the bronze in 61.319 points.

Dong set the pace at the qualifications with 112.895 points out of two routines and Ushakov was also in second with Lu in third. The top three places remained the same in the finals.

Dong presented a much more tough routine in the final of 17.800 difficulty point, which gave him the cutting edge over Ushakov and Lu, whose routines were both executed soundly, but both in 17.100 difficulty.

"I learned a lot from my last Olympics experience," said 23-year-old Dong, who was the bronze medalist in Beijing.

"Four years ago, I feel so nervous when I stood on the Olympic stage and it seemed to me the sky was falling, but now in London, I am composed all through the match, even when I saw the Russian competitor demonstrated a impressive routine.

"You need to face a lot of pressure if you come up to compete last, but I learned what I experienced four years ago," added Dong.

Talking about the finals' routine decision, Dong said: "I have a routine of 7.100 difficulty and another 7.800, but I won't step back from the tough one for the sake of pressure. I think that's what I made during the last four years. I'm tough now."

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