China's Dong Soars to Men's Trampoline Gold

Friday, Aug 3, 2012  |  Updated 10:49 AM CDT
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China's Dong Soars to Men's Trampoline Gold

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LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 03: Dong Dong of China competes on the Men's Trampoline during Day 7 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 3, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

LONDON (AP)-Chinese trampolinist Dong Dong captured the men's Olympic title Friday, posting a score of 62.990 to easily give him a gold medal to go with the bronze he won in Beijing four years ago.

Dmitry Ushakov of Russia was second. Defending Olympic champion Lu Chunlong of China was third.

The 23-year-old Dong dominated the event, posting the top overall score in qualifying and beating Ushakov by 1.222 points in the finals.

Dong pumped his fists in celebration after giving China its second straight gold medal in the event, which was introduced at the Sydney Games in 2000.

Yuriy Nikitin, the 2004 gold medalist, failed to make the finals after crashing during qualifying.

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