Xiao Qin during the competition
Chinese gymnast Xiao Qin won the men's pommel horse crown at the Beijing Olympic Games on Sunday.
Xiao, world champion who entered the final in first place, took the gold medal in 15.875 points.
Pilip Ude of Croatia took the silver in 15.725 points and Louis Smith of Britain won the bronze with the same score of 15.725 points under a tie-break rule.
With Xiao's victory, host China reaped five gymanstics gold medals so far at the Beijing Olympics, the most gymnastics golds it has won at one Olympic Games.
The previous record was set at the Los Angeles Olympic Games in 1984, when China claimed four gymnastics golds.
Xiao, a three-time world champion on pommel horse, performed powerful swings, circles and undercuts on a difficulty of 6.4 points to claim his first Olympic individual title.
"I intended to do this (winning the gold) at the Athens Olympics but I didn't have the chance. Today I was able to do it," said the 23-year-old Xiao.
After five days of competition, there are eight gymnastics golds up for grabs at the Games.
(L-R) Silver medallist Pilip Ude of Croatia, gold medallist Xiao Qin of China, and bronze medallist Louis Smith of Great Britain at the award ceremony
(Xinhua News Agency August 17, 2008)