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China's Zou defends men's floor exercise gold

London, England (Sports Network) - China's Zou Kai became only the second athlete to win the men's Olympic floor exercise twice after successfully defending his title on Sunday.

Zou won gold at the 2008 Beijing Games in this event and came in with the top qualifying score of 15.833. He bettered that mark to win the gold, nailing a 9.033 execution score while posting the second-highest difficulty score. He totaled 15.933, topping Japan's Kohei Uchimura, the reigning world champ, by 0.133.

Only the Soviet Union's Nikolai Andrianov had won this event twice before Zou, doing so in 1972 and '76. Zou also gave China its fourth gold in this event, matching the Soviet Union's record.

Zou earned his second gold of these Summer Games after China also won the men's team competition. The 24-year-old also grabbed three golds in Beijing and cited his experience in the sport as a reason for his success.

"I started gymnastics when I was four. Between four and nine years, I only did it recreational. I started with full time gymnastics when I was nine," he noted.

Russia's Denis Ablyazin took bronze despite matching Uchimura's score. Uchimura, who won the all-around gold medal at the London Games, earned the tiebreaker with a higher execution score over Ablyazin, posting a 9.100 mark to the Russian's 8.700.

It marked the third medal of these games for Uchimura, the first Japanese gymnast of any gender to accomplish that feat since 1984.

The United States' Jacob Dalton finished fifth with a score of 15.333.

08/05 11:36:47 ET


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