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Britain Loses Silver to Japan After Inquiry; China Gold



Their hands were raised in triumph, but Great Britain's eyes were masked by defeat.

Great Britain won their first-ever silver medal in the team competition for men's artistic gymnastics at London 2012, but lost it to Japan after an official inquiry.



An official protest submitted by Japan changed Kohei Uchimura's difficulty ranking on the pommel horse. His score was changed to a 14.100 from a 13.466 after the inquiry was accepted.

The Brits lost their silver medal to Japan as a result, having to settle for bronze.

Japan's protest was nothing compared to the crowd's when the final scores were announced after the inquiry was accepted. A chorus of anger erupted from the crowd as the home crowd learned that Team GB had won, but promptly lost, their only silver team medal ever.

The Duke of Cambridge, William, and Prince Harry, were just two of the thousands of Brits in the stadium on their feet for Team GB after finding out they had won the silver medal.

"Maybe there will be a royal inquiry," joked CTVOlympics analyst Rod Black after Great Britain was demoted to bronze.

It is still a victory for Team GB, as it is their first team medal in 100 years - they last won a bronze medal in team at the Stockholm 1912 Olympic Games.

But the smiles from Team GB did not look heartfelt at the medal ceremony. Bronze was a coup; a silver medal would have made history. It would have been Britain's first silver medal ever in the team competition.

Only Ukraine's heartbreak could hold a candle to Team GB's loss.

Ukraine had initially won bronze, knocking Japan off the podium. But the tables turned when Japan's protest bumped them to the silver-medal spot and Ukraine had to walked away without hardware.

The judges have not yet spoken publicly about their decision, but there have been rumours of disagreement among the judges about the change.

Beijing 2008 Champion China captured the gold medal in the men's artistic gymnastics team competition at London 2012 for the second Olympic Games in a row.

More to come.

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