Olympic Gymnastics Results 2012: Biggest Stars and Flops from Men's All-Around
Kohei Uchimura proved he is the greatest gymnast to ever hit a floor mat in the 2012 men's Olympics individual all-around competition on Wednesday. He took the gold and secured his legacy.
While he deserves the majority of the headlines, there are a few other competitors that need to be talked about as well, and we will as we discuss them as the biggest flops and stars of the competition.
Full results from the individual men's all-around competition can be found here.
Kohei Uchimura, Japan, Gold
Uchimura already held an exalted spot in the history of men's gymnastics. He won the silver in Beijing and he is the three-time reigning world champ—the only man to ever win that title three times.
Many were already calling him the best ever before this event. Well he didn't just win the gold, he was unbeatable. He was so amazing, he left his opponents in awe. That was captured by many of the quotes found in an article by the Associated Press' Nancy Armour. I think this one, from German coach Andreas Hirsch, sums it up the best:
"He's in a different world. He wasn't part of this competition."
It seemed impossible to fathom that Uchimura could take his legacy to another level at this point, but he did.
Danell Leyva, USA, Bronze
Leyva entered this competition with huge expectations, and showed why by finishing qualifying with the highest all-around score.
The 20-year-old then showed that he might not be ready for this giant spotlight by having an uncharacteristic rough outing in the team competition.
Well, he rebounded amazingly. Leyva struggled on the pommel horse, which is typically his weakest event, but he was near flawless on his other five events and rallied for the bronze.
He proved that he is a force in the world gymnastics scene and will be for years to come.
John Orozco, USA, 8th Place
I don't want to put Orozco in the flops category. He is just 19 years old and really just scratching the surface of his potential. Also, he could certainly do a lot worse than coming in eighth at the Olympics.
However, his strong performances leading up to the Olympics and his fourth place finish in the all-around at qualifying, made him a serious medal contender.
Orozco was solid on the day in everything but the pommel horse. There he was terrible, as he earned just a 12.566. He was also bad on this event in the team competition.
Orozco entered these Olympics as someone who looked like he had put it all together and was ready for the biggest stage. He revealed that he still has work to do if he wants his results to match his phenomenal talent.
David Belyavskiy, Russia, 5th Place
Belyavskiy put himself right in the middle of the gold medal conversation for this event by ending qualifying in second place.
He was not terrible on Wednesday, but he was slightly off. Little mistakes cost him in the floor exercise, rings, pommel horse and high bar.
It all resulted in a consistent and solid performance, but he seemed destined to have a great one.
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