Feng Zhe wins parallel bars gold

Updated: August 7, 2012, 12:49 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- Feng Zhe saw his score and shook his index finger.

No. 1 again.

Feng won the Olympic title on parallel bars Tuesday, giving the Chinese men their third gymnastics gold medal, following the team competition and Zou Kai's win on floor exercise.

Feng flashed a thumbs-up as he walked out for the medals ceremony, and planted a big kiss on the gold after he got it.

Germany's Marcel Nguyen was second, adding another silver to his one from the men's all-around. Hamilton Sabot of France won the bronze.

Feng's routine was filled with intricate combinations, yet he did them with the precision of an artist and the rhythm of a musician. He held his handstands for what seemed like forever, looking like a statue, and there wasn't even the slightest hesitation as he went from one skill straight into another.

He hit the mat with a thud on his dismount and was pumping his fists even before he stood upright. He threw a roundhouse punch as he trotted off the podium, and his coach wrapped him in a big hug, pounding his back. When his score of 15.966 was posted, Feng, the 2010 world champion on parallel bars, nodded.

There were still six gymnasts still to come, but it would take something pretty special to top Feng. And no one came close.

Nguyen's routine was impressive, but the European champion took a hop forward on his dismount and needed to windmill his arms to steady himself.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.