Ukraine at Rio Olympics: Gymnast Oleg Verniaiev wins second silver for Ukraine (video update)
Sport12:04 Aug. 11, 2016

Gymnast Oleg Verniaiev wins second silver for Ukraine (video update)

Japan's Kohei Uchimura beats Verniaiev by just 0.099 of a point

Gymnast Oleg Verniaiev has won the second silver medal for Ukraine at the Rio 2016 Summer Olympics.

On Wednesday Ukrainian nearly dethroned Kohei Uchimura - the man he calls "the king of gymnastics."

Though Uchimura's high bar routine sealed victory, the final scoreboard showed him beating Verniaiev by just 0.099 points.

That was the narrowest margin of victory for the 27-year-old Japanese gymnast since he began dominating the all-around event in 2009, when he won the first of his record six successive world titles.

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Verniaiev's failure to win gold may even have come down to a small hop on his dismount from the high bar, where he was competing last.

In a tense moment as Verniaiev waited for his score, he thought he might have edged out his Japanese rival.

"I hoped, and I can't say I didn't think about it," he told reporters. "But it didn't go that way."

Uchimura's victory marked the first time in 44 years a gymnast had won all around gold at two consecutive Games, though he said he expected a new crop of younger gymnasts, led by Verniaiev, to surpass him soon.

"I really have no confidence that I will be able to beat Oleg (in the future)," Uchimura said.

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Verniaiev, the European champion in the all-around event and the 2014 world champion on the parallel bars, said he was flattered by the comment.

"I'm quite happy that I managed to make Kohei very nervous," he said. "We'll be preparing for next time."

For now Ukrainian Olympic team has won two silver and one bronze medals at the Olympics 2016.

Reporting by The Indian Express


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