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US men stumble to fifth in team gymnastics

Posted by Scott Thurston, Globe Staff  July 30, 2012 01:30 PM

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The US men's gymnastics team, which had dreams of gold after topping the standings in the qualifying round, finished a disappointing fifth Monday night. With only the high bar to go, the Americans, who'd won bronze and silver at the last two Games, were buried in sixth place, nearly 10 points behind the Chinese. But a strong finish on the last rotation helped the men avoid their worst finish since 1992, when they were sixth in Barcelona.

The US came to grief on pommel horse, traditionally its weakest event, as its top two stars failed. Danell Leyva came off the apparatus and John Orozco broke his routine and ended up sitting atop the horse. Then Orozco splattered his landing on vault.

Great Britain was initially awarded the silver, and Ukraine the bronze. But Japan asked for a steward’s inquiry into the pommel horse and went from fourth to second. Britain ended up with the bronze.

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