Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2012: Top Contenders, World Records & Events Primer

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Olympic Men's Gymnastics 2012: Top Contenders, World Records & Events Primer
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If a meet was ever about one man, the London 2012 gymnastics competition is that meet.

Japanese sensation Kohei Uchimura has been the world’s best gymnast since Beijing, and by impossibly large margins. In London, he’ll look to win his first individual all-around gold medal, lead Japan to a record seventh team gold and secure his place as one of the greatest gymnasts who ever lived.

Uchimura is an artist in his prime, and London could well be his masterpiece.

Which isn’t to say there aren’t fantastic secondary storylines in the Olympic pipeline.

Team USA has one of its deepest and most promising squads in decades, the British are eying a breakthrough on home soil and Team China returns multiple 2008 Olympic champions with repeat aspirations.

For more on all the drama set to play out this summer, click ahead.

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