|After its fifth place in qualification, not much was expected of the injury-stricken German team in the final, Fabian Hambüchen said.
After helping the German men win the bronze medal in the team finals at the world championships in Rotterdam on Thursday, team star Fabian Hambüchen told IG that Germany's success was a combination of concentration and steadiness.
"Our advantage was that nobody expected that much of us and we hit all our routines," he said. "We were the only team without any mistakes. We were really consistent."
Fifth in qualification, Germany won its second straight world team bronze, despite losing national champion Marcel Nguyen to a broken leg last month.
Hambüchen, whose sore Achilles' tendon has limited him to four events in Rotterdam, said the Germans realized they had a chance to win a medal as they prepared to compete on high bar in the fourth rotation.
"High bar was kind of turning point because we knew about our strength there and we got big points," he said. "Then we just tried to come through our routines and stay focused. That worked out and we took the chance."
Germany secured the bronze medal on pommel horse, its last event, where Sebastian Krimmer was the team's final competitor. Krimmer's 14.966 was more than enough to keep Germany in third place, behind China and Japan, who finished first and second, respectively. The U.S. finished fourth, followed by France, Russia, Great Britain and Korea.
"Sebastian never messed up a routine before worlds," Hambüchen told IG of Krimmer. "He always hit it, so I just told him to let it go the way he had done it in training. He stayed cool and did an unbelievable job. I'm very proud of him."
Hambüchen qualified to Sunday's finals on parallel bars and high bar.
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