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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Romania Posts Team Win After Late Russian Slip Up




TIANJIN, China -- Romania snatched its fourth women's team title at the gymnastics world championships Tuesday after Russian all-round world champion Svetlana Khorkina slipped from the beam in the final rotation.


The normally icy cool Russian, last up on the beam, burst into tears after her flawed routine as Romania's Simona Amanar scored 9.7 on the horizontal bar to clinch the title.


Romania finished with 153.527 points, Russia had 153.209 and China took the bronze with 152.423 thanks to a strong display on the uneven bars.


The Romanians got off to a disastrous start when all-round world silver medalist Amanar slipped off the beam, bumping her thigh painfully as she fell. Minutes later, teammate Corina Ungureanu also fell, earning a dismal 8.2.


Fortunes were reversed in the final rotation when first Russia's Eugenia Kuznetsova and then Khorkina fell from the beam.


"We were very lucky," said Romanian coach Octavian Bellu. "There was a lot of pressure on the girls to do better after the first mistakes.


"We knew Russia and all the other teams in the final were all very close and had a chance to be on the podium."


Russian coach Leonid Arkaev did not comment on the result, but Russian delegation leader Marina Boulachenko said the Russian team appeared devastated. They did not shake hands with the Romanians at the medal ceremony.


"They're just in shock," said Boulachenko. "It was in our hands."


In the men's competition Monday, Belarussian all-round world champion Ivan Ivankov took a rare tumble from the horizontal bar as Russia pipped Belarus into second place in the men's team rankings going into Tuesday's final behind clear favorite China.


Ivankov, seeking a record-breaking third all-round world title, slipped from the bar halfway through his routine, scoring a paltry 8.875, but qualified in ninth place for the all-round final with 56.762 points after strong performances on the rings, pommel and parallel bars.


Belarus qualified in third position with 226.557 points behind Russia at 227.083, while defending champion China, more than three points clear at 230.546, looked set for victory.