Olympics 2012 Men’s gymnastics: Danell Leyva leads, US team finishes first in qualifying round

By on Jul 29, 2012 in Europe, Sports, United States Comments

The US men’s gymnastics team finished first in the qualifying round for the London Olympics 2012 on Saturday, July 28, 2012, with Danell Leyva leading the scores and teammate John Orozco landed in fourth. David Belyavskiy of Russia landed second and Fabian Hambuechen of Germany as third.

Danell Leyva, during Olympics 2012 Men’s
gymnastics qualifying round (July 28, 2012)

Image Credit: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images

As noted at Fox MSN that day, Danell Leyva scored 91.265 and John Orozco had 90.597. The US team led the Olympics qualifying round with a combined score of 275.342, almost 3 points ahead of the second placer, Russia, which had a score of 272.595. Britain landed on third and scored 272.40.

Apparently, all scores will be erased during the finals on Monday, July 30, and US men’s gymnastics team stressed out that they will be doing their best to repeat or even to do better to win their first Olympic gold medal since the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles.

“Our guys showed the world that their vision of being Olympic champions is a real possibility. Today, they showed the world they’re serious about this.” USA Gymnastics president Steve Penny was quoted in the report, with Japan and China, landing at fifth and sixth, respectively.

“We beat China and Japan, the teams we’ve been looking at the most, but I know for a fact they’re going to come back strong,” Leyva, 20, reportedly said, with three-time defending world all-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan falling twice last Saturday.

Meanwhile, Jacob Dalton advanced in the floor event and Sam Mikulak, 19 made it on the vault finals, with Jonathan Horton, along with Leyva, qualifying for the high bar, where he won bronze in 2008 Beijing Olympics.

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