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Men's Gymnastics Team Final - as it happened
4:04pm Monday 30th July 2012 in Sport
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- GB claim historic bronze in men's team final.
- Thomas clinches medal with final floor routine.
- Japan claim silver after late protest. China take the gold.
There's the anthems and as far as our live coverage goes, a good time to call it a day. A full report will be on our site in the next half hour and of course keep checking in the coming days as we get all the reaction to this incredible achievement. Thanks for reading!
China getting their gold medals now. They really were superb. For a gymnastics novice like me, this event has really opened my eyes. These guys are incredible athletes.
There you go! Kristian Thomas gets his medal and waves it at the crowd. He has a smile as wide as the English channel!
Hang on! It's the medal ceremony. Well, I may as well keep watching for this!
Well. Where do you start? My head is still spinning and now I'm off to write the report! Well done Kristian Thomas. Momentous stuff! Thanks for reading!
I'm pretty sure that was the only inquiry of the whole event...Hmmmm...
Well that was a strange end to an amazing afternoon. GB, after all of that, win bronze - which is still a wonderful achievement. Ukraine down to fourth. Heart-breaker for them. Crowd booing loudly.
They've accepted the inquiry...just need to see how much they bump the score up by now.....14.166 is Uchimora's new score. Which bumps them back up to silver!
Decision looks like it is in!
Whatever happens this has been a superb display from the GB boys!
Officials using video replay....you wouldn't want to be the Ukrainians right now....I'm not going to start writing the report yet as GB will be back down to bronze....can this get anymore incredible.
Hold it! Japan have launched a protest after finishing outside the medals. Drama not over yet!
We've just seen pictures of Kohei Uchimora's dodgy dismount on the pommel which has dropped Japan from second to fourth! Ukraine take bronze!
GB finish with a score of 271.11. Incredible, just incredible and the whole thing was anchored by a man who learned it all at Earls Gymnastics Club! Wonderful work by Kristian Thomas and his coaches Michelle and Ryan Bradley. Wonderful, wonderful stuff.
WOW! Only 13.466 form Japan on the pommel horse. That means GB have silver! You thought it was all over but there was even more drama to come!
That was incredible stuff from GB and Kristian Thomas! Commentators say they are huggging each other. We're actually still in with a chance of silver if something goes wrong with Japan's final routine!
HE'S DONE IT!!!!!! 15.433!!!!!! Kristian Thomas has brought home the bronze for GB!!!!!!!!!
15.248 will give GB bronze I believe......
Crowd roaring with every tumble. Thomas is so, so focused....big breaths every now and again. Bit of a step after the final tumble but great routine "What a superstar" scream the commentators!
Great routine from the first Ukrainian gymnast on the rings.....but here comes Purvis' score....15.533. That is huge! And just like that, here's Kristian!
Purvis with another great routine. Crowd go wild. The Ukrainians must be affected by this surely. One man to go for GB and it's Thomas.....I'm going to need a stiff drink after all this!
15.166 from Max Whitlock! Super stuff. Now, Dan Purvis!
Whitlock gets a hug off Louis Smith as he comes off the floor. Big performance to get GB started in the final rotation. Elsewhere a Japanese gymnast has fallen off the horse. Silver is not safe!
Whitlock up first. Huge roar from the crowd. Lots of twists "He's on fire" "beautiful stuff" yell the comms. They really like the routine, let's see the score!
Comms are telling us if the respective qualifying scores are repeated GB will get gold. Here's hoping!
Here we go. All or nothing as GB get ready for the floor. Max Whitlock, Dan Purvis and our very own Kristian Thomas. Ukraine are on the rings. This is going to be close!
China on the pommel horse where they should wrap up gold. Big celebrations as their last man finishes. Crowd a bit muted....waiting for the GB boys I expect.
Kristian Thomas throws the kitchen sink at high bar to get it back for GB. Pulls it off. He's having a remarkable Olympics. Score 15.200.— @BBCSport_Ollie 30 July 2012
This is going to be a momentous 20 minutes or so. Can't begin to imagine what it's like at Earls Gymnastics Club!
After five events: Ukraine 225.827, GB 225.579. Close? Not half!
Second in line to the throne and Villa fan, Prince William has arrived in the Arena. His younger brother is with him too. Where have you been boys, you've missed most of the fun!
Let's rotate one more time! Sounds like a jumbled up song lyric but it's relevant, as the final events are about to get underway. Bit of a wait for GB as they go in the second group.
Russia fading fast. It's going to be a right old bunfight between GB and Ukraine for bronze! If you need a cuppa, get the kettle on now before the drama starts!
China starting to close in on gold now. Japan look good for silver barring any disasters. Then it's a right old scrap for bronze and GB are right in the thick of it!
Britain now 0.248 behind Ukraine going into the final event. We have the floor left. Russia starting to struggle on the parallel bars.
Dan Keatings, who just missed out on making the GB team, has just tweeted to say Thomas is in the form of his life. You can't disagree. Stunning stuff.
That Thomas routine had me off my chair. Frankly I'm not even going to pretend to be impartial now. It's looking like GB v Ukraine for the bronze with one event to go!
What a show from Thomas! Clean performance and he nails the landing! Huge, huge performance when it was really needed. 15.200 is his score!
Here comes our man....
Kristian Thomas needs a big performance now on the high bars! Come on!
The Beeb commentators sound really deflated after the error by Oldham. To cap it all the final Ukraine athlete nails the pommel.
We've just seen the pictures. That is bad news but all is not lost! Ukraine now on the pommel horse and they are breathing down GB's collective neck!
Sam Oldham has just come of the high bar! No pictures but you could hear the gasp in the venue! Oh no. That could be disastrous for GB.
High bar for GB up next. One of Thomas' big events. A Japanese gymnast has made a big error on the floor. Could be costly!
After four events GB stay third, China and Japan still out front. Ukraine and Russia just behind our lads. All teams have now vaulted. Phew! I really need a cup of tea to calm the nerves but can't take my eyes off the screen!
Sam Oldham up now on the parallel bars. Bit of a skip on the landing. 14.966 apparently so that was obviously recorded coverage. "Lovely swinging" says the comms man.
14.800 for Whitlock. Purvis has apparently nailed his landing on the parallel bars. This is building toward a thrilling climax.
Really good stuff from Whitlock on parallel bars "What a performance" screams the BBC man.
Max Whitlock now up for GB on the parallel bars. Not our strongest event so a solid display needed.
Big mistake from John Orozco US on the vault. Their hopes are fading fast and Orozco is in tears. Commentators reckon US are now out of medal contention. Huge shock!
Parallel Bars next for GB. Thomas will not partake in this one. Currently watching some super high bar work from the Japanese.
Denis Ablyazin (superb surname if you reversed the second a and y) scores 16.400 for Russia on the vault. Still not as high as Thomas' score.
The US are holding up the rest of the field at the midway point. That's after they qualified with the highest score.
Russian athlete nearly falls backward after landing the vault, leading to an exclamation from me which earned some strange looks in the office.
GB third behind Japan and China after three rotations. I forgot the Chinese hadn't finished their third. Still, superb going!
Kristian Thomas is trending on Twitter!
Baladin is Russian by the way. Probably should have pointed that out!
Alexsander Baladin scores 15.816 on the rings. "Looks a bit like Vladimir Putin" says one of my esteemed colleagues. Good shout that!
Have to say there were a fair few cheers in the office when Thomas nailed the vault. He's certainly captured the imagination of the News team.
Germans on the vault now. Apparently our lads are going to have a break for a while...
A total of 48.182 for GB on the vault! Flings them back up to second overall after three events behind Japan. 137.180 is the running score! Fantastic so far.
Thomas has scored 16.550 on the vault. Best score of the competition so far. That's one way to get the TV director focusing on you!
We've just seen Thomas' vault. Wow! That's all I can say. Fellow Brit gymnasts off the bench and high-fiving after that one. I imagine there were a few cheers in the Earls too!
Purvis scored 15.966. Super score and if Thomas scores big, GB will be in a great position halfway through the event.
According to the commentator, Thomas "nailed" his vault but we haven't seen any pictures yet.
Cracking vault from Dan Purvis. Should be a good score with Thomas still to come.
GB now on to the all-important vault. Max Whitlock up first, Dan Purvis second, Thomas third....
GB now down to fifth after two rotations with a running total of 88.898. China lead, Ukraine second.
Dan Purvis scores 14.600 on the rings. Team total of 43.066 for GB "That's a dip but they'll recover" says our commentator.
Kristian Thomas has scored 14.433 on the rings. Slightly down on Saturday's performance. The Japanese lad who landed badly when vaulting has been carried out of the venue. Great shame for him.
Here comes Kristian. Thomas ready to go on the rings.
Oooohhh. Ouch! One of the Japanese gymnasts has a horrible vault and lands badly. he's limped off and is now crouched on the floor. Looks a nasty one.
It's fast and frenetic stuff here. Coverage keeps switching between each piece of apparatus so apologies if it's a bit patchy at times!
Good show from the Germans on the rings. They needed that after the pommel horse disaster. China have just registered a huge score on the vault.
Now it's the Russians struggling on the pommel horse. GB's performance looking all the more impressive...
Some of the vaulting and floor work so far has been breathtaking. I almost feel like shouting out Alan Partridge-esque comments like "ruddy hell, did you see that?" at times.
Ignore that last update. It's the Japanese in third and not China. I can't read properly!
Standings after one rotation 1) Ukraine 2) GB 3)China. So far, so good.
Max Whitlock up on the pommel for GB now. Finished with a wry smile - "his trademark" says the BBC commentator.
Oh dear! Things going badly for the Germans. Phillip Boy has just fallen off the pommel horse. He's not looking very happy and understandably so!
GB are currently in second after the first rotation. Behind Ukraine.
Woah! 15.966 for Louis Smith. That's an even bigger score than his incredible qualifying score on the pommel. Great start.
"That was terrific" shouts the commentator as Smith finishes his routine with a flourish. Expecting a big score. Looks like a cracking start for GB here.
Louis Smith now for GB on the vault....
And now it's the Ukranians on the Vault. Always a spectacular event. Big hop forward from their man but it was a huge vault!
The USA have got things underway on the floor. Danell Leyva improves on his qualification score.
Before I forget, a big shout out to all those watching at Earls Gymnastics Club. Spoke to club chairman John Caulwell this morning. He admitted he was nervous but "immensely proud" of Thomas' efforts so far.
The teams are on their way out. Just a bit of clarification on the rules, there are six pieces of apparatus - the pommel horse, the rings, the vault, high bars, parallel bars and the floor. Each team can enter three athletes on each piece.
Kristian Thomas and the rest of the GB team have just been introduced to the crowd. Britain will take on Germany on the pommel horse first up.
Coverage just getting underway on BBC One. Lot of talking so far.....and they've just switched the lights on at the venue. Some chap from The One Show looks slightly alarmed.
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As I mentioned below, the action gets underway at 4pm but we'll have to wait a little longer for Kristian. The British team start on the pommel horse and he is sitting that piece of apparatus out with Sam Oldham.
Hello and welcome. What a treat we've got in store this afternoon eh? Kristian Thomas, a member of our very own Earls Gymnastics Club, is part of the history-making British men's team competing in the Olympic final.
Our boys put in a stunning performance on Saturday to qualify third, finishing ahead of the much-fancied Chinese. The action is due to get underway at 4.30pm and I've got a nice cup of tea to fire me up (Typhoo tea bags for those wondering) so we're pretty much all set.