The 2012 London Olympics gymnastics competition continued August 1 with the men's individual all-around competition. Here's a look at how things stood following the first three rotations.
Team USA's Danell Leyva and John Orozco both started off on floor exercise where they turned in a pair of sparkling initial performances. Orozco flipped to a solid 15.433, tying him for fourth place overall, while Leyva's beautiful artistry secured him a 15.366 and 6th place.
Rotation two saw Orozco and Levya headed to pommel horse. It must've been a tough round mentally for both men, but particularly for Orozco, who bombed his pommel routine during the Team Final. It wasn't a perfect routine from the outset, but things went from so-so to really-not-good when he struggled with his dismount. He was punished with a disastrous 12.566, and responded with tears from the sidelines. His ability to recover mathematically is highly questionable; it would take major errors by other competitors for Orozco to make the podium.
Levya followed with his routine. He created lovely lines, though he also collected small deductions along the way. But like his teammate, Leyva had difficulty with the dismount and scored only a 13.5. The gaffes cost the Americans dearly, and they emerged from rotation two with Levya in 19th place and Orozco dead last in the field of 24.
Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev found himself atop the scoreboard with a total mark of 31.099. A medal for Ukraine in the all-around would be particularly welcome following a disappointing fourth place finish in the team competition. Also near the top in fourth place was Japan's Kohei Uchimura, the current World Champion and one of the competition gold medal favorites.
Team USA headed to the rings for rotation three. Levya was up first, and although not his best apparatus, he showed off his solid execution skills and stuck his landing. The performance displayed an admirable mental toughness that he needs in order to compete well, and he earned a 14.733.
Orozco's rings routine brought rotation three to a close. He delivered big-time, posting an excellent 15.2, it was only good enough for 23rd place. Uchimura leads heading into the second half.
Can Orozco and Leyva rebound and finish top 10 or better in the men's All-Around final results at the 2012 London Olympics? Watch the competition live at NBCOlympics.com.