With Friday's opening ceremony officially getting the 2021 Summer Olympics underway, the curtain raised for the the men's gymnastics competition at Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
Qualification is broken into three subdivisions, with the first beginning Saturday morning in Tokyo.
Japan, China and the Russian Olympic Committee set the standard in qualifying.
Team All-Around Standings
1. Japan (262.251)
2. China (262.061)
3. Russian Olympic Committee (261.945)
4. United States (256.761)
5. Great Britain (256.594)
6. Germany (249.929)
7. Switzerland (249.193)
8. Ukraine (247.492)
9. Brazil (247.263)
10. Chinese Taipei (246.263)
11. South Korea (244.794)
12. Spain (241.462)
Individual All-Around Standings
1. Daiki Hashimoto, Japan (88.531)
2. Nikita Nagornyy, ROC (87.897)
3. Xiao Ruoteng, China (87.732)
4. Sun Wei, China (87.298)
5. Joe Fraser, Great Britain (86.298)
Full results available at Olympics.com
Russia bettered China in 2016 with a second-place finish. Nagornyy, Denis Ablyazin and David Belyavskiy are all holdovers from that squad, so it's not surprising to see the ROC hovering near the top of the team standings already.
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Artur Dalaloyan is making quite the impact in his Olympic debut, especially considering he isn't too far removed from a tear of his Achilles tendon.
"It was not just a partially torn tendon, but severed tendon," he said to Scott Bregman and Ekaterina Kuznetsova in an interview for the Olympics official site. "A lot of media reported that I had just a partially torn tendon, that it is nothing scary. But when I got an MRI in the hospital, I was told I had a severed Achilles tendon and it needs a surgery."
Somehow, Dalaloyan is forging on.
Nagornyy was the gold medalist in the vault in the 2019 World Championships and helped the Russians dominate that portion of qualifying. With a score of 14.783, he led the way and was followed closely behind by Ablyazin (14.733).
For China, the parallel bars were where it did the most damage. Jingyuan Zou, Hao You and Ruoteng Xiao were the top three finishers.
While the competition is still young, the ROC and China are already shaping up to be medal contenders and appear to be safely through to the final given the gulf between them and the rest of the field.
Japan lived up to expectations on the strength of a terrific performance from Daiki Hashimoto, who moved to the top of the individual standings.
The United States didn't have a competitor finish inside the top 10, but all four of the Americans ranked inside the top 21. Brody Malone (No. 11 overall) and Samuel Mikulak (No. 14) earn the country's berths in the individual all-around final.
While the Americans also safely qualified for the team final, they have a lot of ground to make up on the top three finishers if they're going to win a medal in Tokyo.
The top eight countries and 24 gymnasts move on to the respective finals. Team medals will be handed out Monday, with the individual contests to follow.