Team USA has advance to the final round of the 2016 Olympic men’s artistic gymnastics competition. The Americans vie for gold after disappointing fifth-place finishes at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2015 World Championships.
Japan and China have dominated the artistic gymnastics circuit for ages. On the other hand, countries like Russia and Great Britain have slowly made their way onto the leader boards.
A total of 12 national teams entered Rio Olympics 2016 with a high chance of bagging gold. Only 8 teams made it past the qualification-round over the weekend.
According to NBC Olympics, China narrowly beat out Team USA for the No. 1 spot. The Chinese scored 270.461 points. The Americans trailed by a hairline with 270.405 points. Rounding out the top 8 finalists are Russia, Japan, Great Britain, Brazil, Ukraine and Germany. France, South Korea, Switzerland and the Netherlands did not have enough points to move on to the final round.
The 2016 Olympic men’s artistic gymnastics competition consists of 8 subdivisions. These are individual all-around, team all-around, vault, floor exercise, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and horizontal bar.
Team USA’s captain Chris Brooks had an off day on Saturday as he failed to score substantially on vault, pommel horse and horizontal bar. Jake Dalton also came up short on vault, literally. Dalton did make up for it by stepping up on floor exercise. Dalton and Sam Mikulak’s 15.600 and 15.800 floor exercise scores were the top two best scores in the qualification-round.
USA Today noted that Alex Naddour also had an impressive performance on pommel horse. His routine was the best for Team USA. Danell Leyva added to the point total by garnering huge points on horizontal bar and parallel bars.
Leyva will compete in the horizontal bar and parallel bars finals next Tuesday, August 16. Mikulak will compete in the floor finals on Sunday and high bar finals next Tuesday. Also on Sunday, Naddour will compete in the pommel horse finals while Dalton will compete in the floor exercise finals.
The 2016 Olympic men’s artistic gymnastics competition will be aired live or on tape delay on the NBC broadcast network. Gymnastics fans can also catch the action through live stream on NBC Olympics.