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China's "king of rings" ends Olympic career in disputed scoring


07:55, August 07, 2012

Chen Yibing of China competes during men's rings final contest of Gymnastics Artistic event, at London 2012 Olympic Games in London, Britain, on August 6, 2012. Chen Yibing of China won silver medal. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

LONDON, Aug. 6 (Xinhua) -- China's Chen Yibing, nicknamed "king of rings" failed to wrap up his career Sunday with an Olympic gold on his specialty, but a silver from disputed scoring is shining the gold light.

Chen, 28, was highly preferred to become the third gymnast to win two Olympic gold medals in this event after Albert Azaryan of Soviet Union in 1956 and Akinori Nakayama of Japan in 1968 and 1972.

A surprising and much disputed score of 16.900 for the last routine from Arthur Nabarrete deprived Chen of the gold and also a career closure in glory.

Chen started the final with an accurate routine of sound execution and stable landing, earning 16.800 points. The concluding routine from the Brazilian was finished in a stumbling landing, but the score for him is decent to beat Chen as the two shared the same difficulty of 6.8.

Bulgaria's six time Olympian Iordan Iovtchev, 39, was suspicious of the scoring. "Personally, I think Chen performed the best, but I'm not the judge," said Iovtchev, who finished seventh in the final.

Italian coach Maurizio Allievi echoed Iovtchev's point of view. "I don't think he (Nabarrete) did quite good on the rings. He not only made a step forward in his dismount, but some flaws can be found on his skills in supporting his body," said Allievi.

"He can't match with Chen and Morandi (bronze medalist) at all. Chen is better than Morandi in his routine execution," said he, adding a jump in Morandi's dismount is regretful and cost him points.

Igor Cassina, a TV commentator from Italy, was surprised by the points for Nabarrete. "It never should have been so high for the Brazilian. It's too high," said Cassina.

It's also a bitter result for Chen. "It's a surprise to me and I feel bitter inside," said Chen, who kissed the apparatus after his routine as a way to say good bye to Olympic stage.

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Canada at 2012-08-0764.46.26.*
I think Chen got cheated out of the gold too. Plus questionable referring today cheated Canada"s women soccer team from beating the U.S. to play for gold. The referree should be disqualified from future Olympics.

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