After a disappointing team showing, Team USA’s male gymnastics team needed to rebound with successful performances in the individual events.
Danell Leyva’s bronze medal in the all-around competition has been the saving grace for U.S. men’s gymnastics to this point. They are being heavily outshined by their female counterparts, who are stealing the spotlight in London.
The U.S. failed to do much of anything in the first set of individual events Sunday morning, not medaling in either the floor or pommel horse events.
Jake Dalton, not expected to do very much, fell to fifth place and failed to medal in the floor event. China’s Kai Zou took home the gold ahead of 2011 world champion Kohei Uchimura, who won a tiebreaker with the Russian Denis Ablyazin to earn the silver for Japan. After a good showing, Ablyazin took home the bronze as a consolation.
In the pommel horse event, there was yet another case of controversy as a tiebreaker had to decide the gold medal winner.
Louis Smith of Great Britain was awarded the silver medal after Krisztian Berki of Hungary took home the gold due to having a higher execution score.
Unbelievable! Smith has tied with Berki on 16.066, but because the Hungarian's execution score was higher he takes gold, Smith silver— BBC Sport (@BBCSport) August 5, 2012
Great Britain also took home another medal as Max Whitlock narrowly edged out Alberto Busnari of Italy for the bronze medal.
Here are the final standings and scores from the seventh day of the male Olympics gymnastics competition inside the Greenwich North Arena.
|Gold||Kai Zou, China||15.933|
|Silver||Kohei Uchimura, Japan||15.800|
|Bronze||Denis Ablyazin, Russia||15.800|
|DNM||Enrique Gonzalez Sepulveda, Chile||15.366|
|DNM||Jake Dalton, USA||15.333|
|DNM||Alexander Shtilov, Israel||15.333|
|DNM||Flavius Koczi, Romania||15.100|
|DNM||Marcel Nguyen, Germany||14.966|
|Gold||Krisztian Berki, Hungary||16.066|
|Silver||Louis Smith, Great Britain||16.066|
|Bronze||Max Whitlock, Great Britain||15.600|
|DNM||Alberto Busnari, Italy||15.400|
|DNM||Cyril Tommasone, France||15.141|
|DNM||Vitalli Nakonechnyi, Ukraine||14.766|
|DNM||David Belyavskiy, Russia||14.733|
|DNM||Vid Hidvegi, Hungary||14.300|
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