Artistic gymnast Verniaiev bags first Olympic gold medal for Ukraine

Ukrainian artistic gymnast Oleg Verniaiev has won a first gold medal for Ukraine in the men`s parallel bars competition at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on August 16.

Verniaiev, 22, showed the result of 16.041, which let him beat U.S. gymnast Danell Leyva, who won the silver medal with 15.900 and Russian David Belyavskiy, who got the bronze medal with 15.783.

Verniaiev previously won a silver medal in the artistic gymnastics men`s individual all-around in Rio.

Ukraine has one gold medal, four silver medals and one bronze medal, ranking 25th in the Olympics 2016 medal count as of August 16. The United States ranks first with 81 medals, including 28 gold ones, followed by China with 48 (15) and the United Kingdom with 43 (17). Russia is fourth with 38 medals, including 12 gold ones.

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