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Rules: The top 24 gymnasts in qualification (max. two from each country) compete in the event final. Finalists compete on all six apparatuses, with the highest combined score taking gold.
Defending Olympic Champion: Yang Wei, China
Defending World Champion: Kohei Uchimura, Japan
Date: Wednesday, July 31
Kohei Uchimura, Japan: Uchimura is the best gymnast alive, by a long shot. The three-time reigning world champ is a picture of perfect form, with no discernible weaknesses. Even his competition is impressed. Said 2011 world runner-up Philipp Boy, “I’m in the wrong era.”
Philipp Boy, Germany: Germany’s best all-arounder put up a monster score on high bar to secure second at the 2011 World Championships.
John Orozco, United States: The youngest member of Team USA doesn’t shine on any single apparatus, but he’s solid through all six and has the second-best single-round score so far this year according to The All-Around.
Daniel Purvis, Great Britain: After a fourth-place finish at 2011 Worlds, Purvis is well positioned to win his nation’s first medal in the event since 1908.
Danell Leyva, United States: The Cuban-born Leyva struggles on vault and rings compared to the other top contenders, but can make up for it with big scores on parallel bars and high bar. One wonders, though, if a nasty fall in the all-around at 2011 Worlds is still in the back of his mind.
Koji Yamamuro, Japan: You think Philipp Boy is bummed to compete in the same era as Kohei Uchimura, imagine Yamamuro’s frustration. Born two weeks after Uchimura, the defending world bronze medalist is below-the-fold news in his own country.