Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Gold Medal Contenders in Men's Individual All-Around

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Olympic Gymnastics 2012: Gold Medal Contenders in Men's Individual All-Around
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The men's individual all-around final will take place on August 1, with many of the top athletes from the dominant nations in the sport all vying for that coveted gold medal. Here are the top four contenders to take home that gold medal after the competition is said and done.

Kohei Uchimura

The Japanese gymnastics sensation is one of the best in the sport's history, but has yet to capture an Olympic gold medal in his career. Considering Uchimura will be 27 upon the next Summer Games, if he wants to have a possible John Elway end to his Olympic career then he'll need to get the monkey off his back in London.

Just because Uchimura hasn't captured gold doesn't mean he can't this year, though, as he took silver in the all-around at the Beijing Games and is the three-time defending gold medal world champion.

Uchimura has already tasted the familiar Olympic silver in London when he helped Japan capture the silver in the team final after an appeal. The dominant gymnast will look to build on that early success and put the crowning moment on his already impressive career in the all-around.

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Fabian Hambuechen

While the German gymnast might not have a trophy room as impressive as his Japanese counterpart, he did qualify with a better score than Uchimura, finishing with the third-best score overall. 

Hambuechen has had himself a solid start to these Olympics, qualifying with the fourth-best time for the horizontal bar finals as well. He's arguably the best gymnast his nation has to offer at the London Games and Germany's best shot at taking home the gold in this competition.

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Danell Leyva

America's Danell Leyva struggled considerably during the nation's letdown in the team competition, but that doesn't mean his talent has magically left his body.

He's still the same athlete who scored the best qualification time heading into this final, and he's the most talented male gymnast the U.S. has across the pond.

The argument can be made that his past folly in the team event will cause Leyva to disappoint once again in the all-around. I'd argue that the earlier letdown will fuel him instead of hinder him. Leyva now has a chip on his shoulder and he'll need to use that to his advantage.

He's taken silver and gold the past two years at the national championships in the U.S. and Leyva can finish in similar fashion on the Olympic stage if he doesn't let earlier disappointment affect him.

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