WATCH LIVE: Medal favorites China, Japan, United States begin men’s gymnastics

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The men’s gymnastics competition begins Saturday, with there being three subdivisions competing throughout the day. The United States, which is looking to medal in the team all-around after failing to do so in London four years ago, will be part of subdivision 2 which begins its qualification at approximately 1:30 p.m. Eastern on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. In addition to the qualifications for the team all-around final gymnasts will compete for places in the individual events, including the individual all-around competition.

WATCH: Men’s Gymnastics Subdivision 2 on NBCOlympics.com

Danell Leyva, who won the bronze medal in the all-around competition four years ago, will not be one of the United States’ two gymnasts who will look to qualify for the all-around final. Sam Mikulak and Chris Brooks, who posted the top two scores in the all-around at the U.S. Olympic Trials last months, were the two choices to compete in all six events for the United States. Leyva, who replaced the injured John Orozco on the team, will participate in three disciplines, the pommel horse, horizontal bar and parallel bars. Joining those three for the United States are Alex Naddour and Jake Dalton.

Leading the way in the first subdivision is Japan, which features the man many hail as the greatest gymnast of all time in Kohei Uchimura. Uchimura has won the last six world championships in the individual all-around, and in addition to earning Olympic gold he aims to help Japan win gold in the team all-around. Japan fell just short of that goal in London, winning the silver medal. The first subdivision begins competition at 9:30 a.m. on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app.

Reigning gold medalists China anchor the third and final subdivision, which begins at 5:30 p.m. on NBCOlympics.com and on the NBC Sports app. Deng Shudi, who finished third at the world championships last year, made the cut for China but 2008 high bar gold medalist Zou Kai did not. The men’s team all-around final is scheduled for Monday, August 8, with the individual all-around final scheduled for Wednesday, August 10 and the individual apparatus finals scheduled to take place from April 14-16.

9:30 a.m. Subdivision 1WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Vault – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 1 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

1:30 p.m. Subdivision 2WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Vault – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 2 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE

5:30 p.m. Subdivision 3WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Floor Exercise – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Pommel Horse – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Vault – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Still Rings – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Horizontal Bar – WATCH LIVE
Subdivision 3 Parallel Bars – WATCH LIVE