The 2012 Olympic gymnastics competition kicked off with three men's qualifying sessions, and when the tallying was done, it was a very good day for the USA, Russia and Great Britain.
The young American team knew it wouldn't exactly have to sweat its way through team qualification when it posted a 275.342 in the second session. That bumped the previous leader, Great Britain (272.420), out of first, though the hosts were still thrilled with their unusually excellent score.
Russia managed to squeeze in between the two with a score of 272.595. The rest of the team qualifiers: Germany, Japan, China, Ukraine, France. Just missing: Spain. Surprisingly out: Romania.
In the individual all-around qualification, the USA's Danell Leyva posted the top score of 91.265. Next up: Russia's David Belyavskiy (90.832), Germany's Fabian Hambuchen (90.765) and the USA's John Orozco (90.597).
Orozco is the only American who didn't qualify for an apparatus final. The U.S. team will send Jake Dalton to the floor final, Sam Mikulak to the vault, and Jonathan Horton along with Leyva to the horizontal bar.
And 39-year-old Iordan Iovtchev of Bulgaria will prolong his career, qualifying in rings.
Here's how the day unfolded:
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