Japan says men's team fell to China's power
Thursday, 14 August 2008

BEIJING, Aug 12 (bdnews24.com/Reuters) - Japan's "beautiful gymnastics" were not enough to prevail over China's winning mix of beauty and power, Japanese coach Koji Gushiken said on Tuesday after the 2004 Olympic champions had to settle for silver in Beijing.

"Japan performed some beautiful gymnastics. China also performed beautiful gymnastics but they also have the power," he said after China earned a score of 286.125 to dethrone Japan by 7.250 points in a race between the two Asian superpowers.

"If we had more power we could have done much better," 1984 gold medallist Gushiken told reporters.

Silver medallist Koki Sakamoto said the failure to defend the 2004 title against a spirited Chinese home crowd made him a "little regretful and depressed" but added that his team did their best and "silver is good enough".

The boisterous support for China at Beijing's National Indoor Stadium "didn't have much influence on us because from the beginning to the end we kept the faith and never gave up", Sakamoto said.

The United States took the bronze. Germany, Korea, Russia, Romania and France filled out the final eight.

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