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Finally it was announced that judges had revised Uchimura’s score, giving him an additional seven-tenths credit on his dismount. That boosted Japan’s total to 271.952, good enough for the silver medal but not thegold that Uchimura and his teammates crave.

“This is the Olympics, and this is a special environment and we really couldn’t do as we planned,” Uchimura said. “It was really difficult.”

Difficult, it seems, for everyone but the Chinese.