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Golden day for China
China closed on a second successive clean sweep of table tennis Olympic gold medals as Ding Ning, Li Xiaoxia and Guo Yue overcame Japan in the women's team event final at the London 2012 Games.
With only two competitors per country allowed to enter the singles, the Asian powerhouse set out to take a maximum haul of four golds and two silvers from London.
They were put on course to do just that last week as Li overcame countrywoman Ding in the women's individual final before Zhang Jike did likewise versus Wang Hao in the men's. And China are now just one step away from completing the sweep after their female trio eased to a 3-0 victory against Ai Fukuhara, Kasumi Ishikawa and Sayaka Hirano.
China's Feng Zhe was crowned Olympic parallel bars champion at the North Greenwich arena thanks to an immaculate routine.
Feng scored 15.966 to take gold ahead of Germany's Marcel Nguyen in silver medal position with a total of 15.800, while France's Hamilton Sabot took bronze. It was the first Olympic medal for France on the parallel bars, Sabot managing to hang on after he was the second to compete and scored 15.566.
Nine gymnasts competed as both Zhang Chenglong and Sabot scored exactly the same difficulty and execution marks in qualification.
Chenglong was the first man on the bars and missed his grip to come off and score 13.808. Frenchman Sabot then went clean and mounted a strong medal challenge before China's second competitor, Feng, rocketed into the lead. Olympic individual all-around silver medallist Nguyen produced a stylish routine to move into second place.
Holland's Epke Zonderland stunned the crowd at the North Greenwich Arena with an electric performance on the horizontal bar to win Olympic gold. The 26-year-old pulled off the most difficult release combination - a Cassina to Kovacs to Kolman - in a spectacular performance to score 16.533 and claim his first Olympic title.
Deng Linlin won China's second gymnastics gold of the day, clinching the title in the women's beam.
Elsewhere, Spain's Marina Alabau won gold in the women's RS:X class, Russia won the gold medal in the duet of the synchronised swimming final and American gymnast Alexandra Raisman won gold in the women's floor event.