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We don't know what might have happened if the Korean's routine had been scored out of a tenth higher start value.



News reports over the weekend showed had his score been based on the higher value, the South Korean would have won the gold. If you want I can try to find the article.


Yes, if you added a tenth to his score directly, he would have won the gold (as would the silver medalist, and possibly several others, I don't know). But we don't know that just because his routine was judged from a tenth higher start value that he would have actually gotten that tenth. I'm not talking about numerical possibilites, I'm talking about what might actually have happened. It is also possible that had he gotten a tenth higher, Paul Hamm would also have gotten a tenth higher, because gymnastics judging is subjective, traditionally gymnasts performing later receive higher scores from the judges (which is why it is a handicap to go first). Paul Hamm might have known he needed an even higher score and might even have done just a little bit better and gotten a higher score. We just do not know what would have happened, because we can't rewrite the past.
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