USA gymnast Leyva wins silver on the parallel bars; Verniaiev wins gold

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Team USA gymnast Danell Leyva has his first individual Olympic medal, snaring silver in the parallel bars final in Rio on Monday.

Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine won gold, while Russia’s David Belyavskiy scooped up bronze.

Leyva would set the pace on the men’s parallel bars as the first of eight competitors.

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The 24-year-old put together a solid routine with a near-perfect dismount and dropped a 15.9. Your move, field.

Belyavskiy went fifth, and scored a strong 15.783, but Verniaiev jumped into the top spot with a 16.041.

Manrique Larduet of Cuba had the penultimate performance, and posted a 15.625 to guarantee a medal for Leyva.

China’s Hao You put together a terrific performance, right up until the dismount attempt. You hit the floor bottom-first, and scored a 14.833.