Trampoline: Belarussian Hancharou wins men's gold

Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Silver medallist Dong Dong of China (left) and bronze medallist Gao Lei of China pose with their national flags after the men's trampoline final in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 13, 2016.

Meanwhile, history was made in other countries - Puerto Rico won its first ever Olympic gold medal, when tennis player Monica Puig overpowered Germany's Angelique Kerber in the women's singles match.

Dong Dong, the defending champion, took second place, while Gao Lei secured the third.

Hancharou, who had never previously won an worldwide competition, performed four high-flying triple somersaults to become the first gymnast from his country to win a trampoline medal of any colour. Therefore, I performed in my second routine as I were in the final.

"It was an explosion of feelings", he told journalists after the competition.

A gracious Dong sportingly gave Hancharou's performance the thumbs up when he realized he had been overtaken at the top of the standings by a man who had never before won a global meet.

Dong Dong, the gold medal victor from the 2012 games in London, finished in second for the silver and Gao Lei placed third for bronze. "I felt relaxed then".

Although he just missed out on the final by one place, in his first Olympic Games at just 23 years old, Nathan achieved his aim of making the top 10 and also scored a personal best for his hard voluntary routine. "My competitors are all excellent and performed well... I feel very content and proud to be a role model in trampoline gymnastics", he added.

A jubilant Hancharou pumped his fist in delight after his routine: "I think I knew I did quite well", he said.



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