Zanetti stuns Chen to win men's rings gold

Brazil's Arthur Zanetti stunned Chinese defending champion Chen Yibing to claim victory in the men's Olympic still rings final on Monday.

Chen looked set for gold after posting a score of 15.800 points, but Zanetti upset the odds with a final routine that earned him 15.900, while Italy's Matteo Morandi took the bronze medal.

Zanetti, 22, owed his victory to an execution score of 9.100, which was 0.100 points better than Chen's.

Prior to his success in Monday's final at the North Greenwich Arena, Zanetti's greatest achievement was a silver medal behind Chen at last year's world championships in Tokyo.

His triumph gave Brazil their second gold medal of the London Games, and their eighth medal in total.

Four-time world rings champion Chen had been bidding to win his fourth Olympic gold, having claimed two golds in Beijing four years ago and helped China to team gold in London on June 30.

Chen was the first man to take to the apparatus and he produced a faultless routine matched by a perfect landing, breaking into a broad grin as he did so.

He was a picture of calm thereafter, sitting on the sidelines with headphones in his ears, only for Zanetti to dash his hopes of a successful title defence by snatching victory with the last display of the final.

Bulgaria's Jordan Jovtchev, 39, made history by becoming the first male gymnast to appear at six Olympic Games but he missed out on a medal after falling to his knees on landing.

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