Japan wins team all-around; United States fails to medal

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Having won an Olympic gold medal in the individual all-around as the last six individual all-around world championships, Japan’s Kohei Uchimura is considered by some to be the greatest male gymnast of all time. Uchimura arrived in Rio intent on not only experiencing more individual success, but also leading his nation to gold in the team all-around after getting silver in Beijing and London. Monday afternoon that mission was accomplished, as Japan won the gold medal in the men’s team all-around competition.

Japan’s score of 274.094 was more than two points better than that of silver medalist Russia, which finished with a score of 271.453. Winning the bronze medal was China, which finished with a score of 271.122.

As for the United States, a team that entered the Olympics expected to contend for a medal was doomed by a bad start to the competition. The Americans posted scores of 43.757 (floor exercise) and 43.699 (pommel horse), with that floor exercise score placing them last after the first rotation. On the floor exercise Alex Naddour fell on his final tumbling pass, and Sam Mikulak stepped out of bounds twice during his routine.

Despite quality scores on the vault and parallel bars, with Mikulak and Jake Dalton performing well on the vault and Mikulak, Danell Leyva and Chris Brooks doing so on the parallel bars, the hole proved to be too deep to climb out of. The United States finished fifth in the team all-around, with their score of 44.441 on the horizontal bar being the final nail in their coffin in regards to earning a medal.

Great Britain, which won a bronze medal in the team all-around in London, finished fourth.