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Feng claims parallel bars gold

London, England (Sports Network) - Feng Zhe didn't have his best performance on the parallel bars in qualifying, but he made up for it in a big way in Tuesday's final.

Feng improved on his earlier score in the games by more than three-tenths of a point, claiming his second gold medal of the 2012 Olympics.

The 24-year-old won gold with China in the team competition and came into this event with the third-highest qualifying score at 15.633. He pushed that to 15.966 on Tuesday, including an event-high 7.000 difficulty score.

"I feel good. I think the judges were more nervous than me," Feng said.

Feng won this event at the 2010 World Championships and qualified in London behind Japanese brothers Yusuke and Kazuhito Tanaka. Neither of them medaled on Tuesday, with Kazuhito taking fourth with a score of 15.500 and Yusuke finishing eighth.

German Marcel Nguyen had the top execution score at 9.000 and won silver with a total of 15.800, .234 ahead of bronze winner Hamilton Sabot, who claimed France's first medal ever in this event.

Sabot and China's Zhang Chenglong tied at qualifying with a 15.366 and both advanced into the finals due to matching scores in difficulty and execution. That stretched the usual field from eight to nine gymnasts, though Zhang finished in last with a score of just 13.808.

Still, China has won the men's parallel bars event in three of the past four Olympics and have earned a medal in each of the last four games on the parallel bars.

08/07 10:52:43 ET


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