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Epke Zonderland was defending his Olympic gold medal.

Dutch gymnast suffers nasty fall on horizontal bar at Olympics

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24/7

There is always a lot of pressure on athletes when going into an Olympics, but when you are going into one as the reigning champion, you can expect a lot more pressure put onto your shoulders.

Sadly for Epke Zonderland, a Dutch gymnast, he seemingly couldn't cope with the pressure during his horizontal bar routine as he fell face first onto the mat after letting go of the bar early on in his performance.

Zonderland went into the Olympic Games as one of the favourites to win the Men's horizontal bar, but after falling during his performance, he only managed to get a score of 14.033, which left him in seventh place.

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The 30-year-old won the Olympic gold back at London 2012, and has also won two world championships in the last three years.

He won gold in Antwerp back in 2013, and then defended that title in 2014 in Nanning. Sadly for the Dutchman, he couldn't defend his title in 2015 due to a concussion injury.

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He did, however, make his return in Rio, but it was a return to forget. You can see his nasty looking fall in the video below.

So after falling and scoring a lowly 14.033, it was clear that Zonderland was going to lose his Olympic gold medalist title, and it was lost to Fabian Hambuchen of Germany, who scored an impressive 15.766.

In second place was American Danell Levya, who scored 15.500, and in third was Great Britain's Nile Wilson, who got a score of 15.466.

Overall, it's been a relatively quiet Olympics for Netherlands, winning just the 14 medals.

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