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Olympic gymnasts defy gravity (PHOTOS)

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Kseniia Afanaseva of Russia competes on the beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

Credit:

Ronald Martinez

Great Britain's men's gymnastic team won an astonishing bronze medal, a win made even more dramatic by their team being temporarily awarded the silver before Japan appealed the score and was elevated to second place, the BBC reported.

The United States' men's team ended up in fifth place despite a stunning performance during the qualifying round.

The women's final is scheduled for Tuesday, but the gymnasts already exhibited their gravity-defying skills during the qualifying rounds.

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    Brazil's gymnast Harumy Mariko De Freitas performs on the beam during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Louis Smith of Great Britain competes in the horizontal bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

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    Mike Hewitt

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    Lauren Mitchell of Australia competes on the beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

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    Cameron Spencer

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    Kristian Thomas of Great Britain competes in the rings in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

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    Ronald Martinez

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    Rebecca Tunney of Great Britain performs on the beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

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    Cameron Spencer

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    Kohei Uchimura of Japan competes in the horizontal bars in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

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    Mike Hewitt

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    France's gymnast Mira Boumejmajen performs on the beam during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    THOMAS COEX

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    US gymnast Jonathan Horton competes on the rings during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Germany's gymnast Elisabeth Seitz performs on the floor during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Philipp Boy of Germany competes on the horizontal bar in the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team qualification on Day 1 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 28, 2012 in London, England.

    Credit:

    Ronald Martinez

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    Britain's gymnast Jennifer Pinches performs on the beam during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Russia's gymnast Denis Ablyazin competes on the horizontal bar during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Nadine Jarosch of Germany competes on the beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

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    Cameron Spencer

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    US gymnast Danell Leyva competes on the floor during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    THOMAS COEX

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    US gymnast Kyla Ross performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Brazil's gymnast Sergio Sasaki Junior competes on the floor during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    THOMAS COEX

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    Japan's gymnast Yu Minobe performs on the uneven bars during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Japan's gymnast Kohei Uchimura competes on the rings during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    THOMAS COEX

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    Kseniia Afanaseva of Russia competes on the beam in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

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    Ronald Martinez

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    Germany's gymnast Marcel Nguyen competes on the parallel bars during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, and Prince Harry watch the Artistic Gymnastics Men's Team final on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England.

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    Streeter Lecka

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    China's gymnast Yao Jinnan performs on the beam during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP

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    Detail of a gymnast putting chalk on her hands in the Artistic Gymnastics Women's Team qualification on Day 2 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on July 29, 2012 in London, England.

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    Ronald Martinez

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    Spain's gymnast Sergio Munoz competes on the rings during the men's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 28, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    THOMAS COEX

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    This multiple exposure shows Italy's gymnast Carlotta Ferlito performing on the uneven bars during the women's qualification of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on July 29, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London.

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    AFP