Danell Leyva focuses on helping team with all-around out of reach

Andrew Cummings
August 7, 2016

Leyva, who earned all-around bronze in London, was picked by the team coaches to compete on just three events, so he will be ineligible for the Rio all-around final.


The competitions for the day include floor, pommel horse, vault, still ring, horizontal bars and parallel bars.


Mikulak actually led the all-around competition after four rotations before running into trouble on the pommel horse, Team USA's fifth apparatus. Mikulak and Dalton scored 15.800 and 15.600 on floor exercise for the best two scores of the day through two sessions. On still rings are individual competitors from Hungary, Italy, North Korea, and Vietnam and starting on vault is 2014 world team bronze medalists the United States. The top 8 gymnasts are selected for individual events, and the top 24 are selected for the all-around team. Captain Chris Brooks will get his first shot on the Olympic stage after being named an alternate four years ago.


The Chinese Men's Gymnastics Olympic Team celebrates their gold medal win during team finals at the London 2012 Olympic Games/Getty Images Who will advance from qualifications to team finals? In Rio, he will face six-time all-around champion and reigning Olympic champion, Japan's Kohei Uchimura. REBECCA BLACKWELL, THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Sam Mikulak of Newport Beach completes his routine on the pommel horse during the artistic gymnastics men's qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Saturday. With three of the five 2012 Olympic team members back this time around in Rio, Team USA will have their eyes set on a podium finish here in Brazil. China and Japan have dominated the sport for years, and Britain and Russian Federation are likely to challenge for a spot on the podium as well.

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