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The Chinese men just keeping stepping all over the competition.
Zou zipped through a series of pretzel-like twists and lightning-quick somersaults to easily beat Spain's Gervasio Deferr in the floor exercises. The Spaniard took the silver with a powerful series, then threw kisses to the crowd. Russia's Anton Golotsutskov got the bronze.
"It is amazing to go to three Olympics and get three medals," said Deferr, the 2000 and 2004 vault winner.
World champion Diego Hypolito of Brazil seemed headed for a medal until he fell on the landing of his final pass. Hypolito then sat nearly in tears, shaking his head back and forth.
"I'm sorry," Hypolito said, before breaking down, his body shaking as he cried. "I'm sorry to all the Brazilians."
Three-time world champ Marian Dragulescu of Romania fell on his second tumbling pass.
On pommel horse, even though world champion Xiao had a break in form and was hardly overwhelming, his 15.875 easily beat the eight-man field.
"I was nervous when I was watching the other gymnasts competing after me," Xiao said. "This is a competition, so two or three mistakes are pretty common. I was struggling during those 10 minutes. I was worried that I wouldn't get the gold medal."
Filip Ude of Croatia won the silver. His 15.725 score tied with Britain's Louis Smith, but Ude won the tiebreaker for Croatia's first-ever gymnastics medal.
Smith had a strong, clean routine to take the first Olympic gymnastics medal for his nation since a 1912 team bronze.
All-around winner Yang Wei of China was fourth.
China now has won the men's team, the all-around with Yang, the pommel horse and the floor exercise.
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