Method of review praised

Method of review praised

Human error caused the scoring error that kept Japan waiting for the silver medal in the Olympic gymnastics team event on Monday, and a robust review system quickly righted the wrong, a senior official said.

"Everybody is human, everybody can make errors," International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) secretary general Andre Gueisbuhler told reporters after the medals were reshuffled 15 minutes after the end of the competition.

Japan, silver medallists at the last Olympics and world championships, had looked to be leaving London without a team medal after their leading man, Kohei Uchimura, was marked down for a fluffed dismount from the pommel horse.

Triple world all-around champion Uchimura was the last competitor in the last event and, with his score calculated at 13.466 by the panel of judges, the results screen flashed up hosts Britain as silver medallists behind China, with Ukraine in bronze position.

Japan's coach requested an inquiry, saying Uchimura should have been given a higher difficulty score for the dismount despite his mistake and, after a review and much discussion, officials agreed.
"Everybody has to live with a judging mistake as we see them in football, we see them everywhere," said Gueisbuhler after Uchimura's score was increased to 14.166, putting his team into second place and bumping Britain to third.

"I am very happy that the system we have in place protects the athletes."
Gueisbuhler said the technical committee had reviewed slow-motion replay of Uchimura's dismount 10 times. Their decision was final, he said, with Ukraine having no right to challenge it. "We can say that justice has won. Of course I am sorry the Ukrainians are very sad and so are the British but the Japanese have won the medal they deserved. I think being in Great Britain, which is such a country of fair play and really has the spirit of ethics in sport, I am sure nobody would have wanted a medal which they did not deserve."

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