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Nabarrete Zanetti edges Chen for rings gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Brazilian gymnast Arthur Nabarrete Zanetti scored a narrow victory over China's Chen Yibing to claim gold on Monday in the men's rings final.

The field faced a tough task of trying to unseat Chen, the 2008 Beijing Games champion in this event, after he started things off with a score of 15.800. In fact, nobody topped the four-time world champ until Nabarrete Zanetti posted a 15.900 score to close the competition.

Nabarrete Zanetti qualified fourth for this event with the highest execution score but had the lowest marks in difficulty among the eight gymnasts. However, he matched Chen's difficulty score on Monday at 6.800 and was one of three gymnasts to score at least a nine in execution.

The 22-year-old, who had finished second to Chen in the 2011 World Championships, claimed Brazil's first ever Olympic gymnastics medal.

"I'm very happy, I was the last gymnast to compete and I stayed calm and took my moment," said Nabarrete Zanetti.

Nabarrete Zanetti's performance knocked Italian Matteo Morandi into the bronze position with a score of 15.733.

Participating in his sixth Olympic Games -- the most ever by a male gymnast -- 39-year-old Iordan Iovtchev of Bulgaria finished seventh.

China had already defended two of its gold medals from Beijing, repeating as team champion before Zou Kai won his second straight Olympic title on the floor exercise on Sunday.

08/06 10:36:59 ET


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