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Epke Zonderland amazingly saves high bar routine after mistake

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A 31-year-old Dutch gymnast has made the headlines with his show-stopping move that had the crowd stunned and quickly made him a fan favorite for those watching.

On the high bar at the 2017 Gymnastics World Championships, Epke Zonderland misjudged his handling during a flip in his routine by firmly grasping it with his right hand, but missing the bar with his left.

It looked almost certain Zonderland would suffer a dramatic and potentially very dangerous fall. 

And yet somehow he was able to hang on using just his right hand to hold all of his weight and momentum as he incredibly flowed right back into his routine - scroll down to see the video.

As a gold medalist at the 2012 London Olympics, a two-time gold medalist and three-time silver medalist in this competition, if you needed any further proof just how talented Zonderland is, this is it.

Zonderland's now famous save was met with many gasps from the audience but no reaction was better than that of the gymnast's teammate, Bart Deurloo, whose couldn't believe what he had just witnessed. 

Following Zonderland's routine, Deurloo claimed that it was pure willpower that got the Dutchman to save his routine and wow the audience.

Zonderland was not awarded any extra points for his mightily impressive save but still boasted a very high score that was enough to see him claim his fourth silver medal in the competition.

The world of gymnastics will be ready to see what crazy save Zonderland makes at next year's competition.

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