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Gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Men's Individual All-Around

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 28, 2012
Date Finished: August 1, 2012

Gold: JPN Kohei Uchimura
Silver: GER Marcel Nguyen
Bronze: USA Danell Leyva

Summary

Kohei Uchimura of Japan had won the last three World Championships, as well as silver at the 2008 Summer Olympics, in the men’s individual gymnastics all-around and was the favorite to capture gold at the London Games. After a fall from the pommel horse that nearly cost Japan a medal in the team competition and a disappointing ninth-place finish in the qualification round, however, some of his challengers were holding out hope that they could steal the crown away from the sport’s most recent star. Not a single medalist from the last three World Championships made it to the final (aside from Uchimura), which placed Danell Leyva of the United States, the reigning parallel bars World Champion, in the best position to dethrone Uchimura, having finished first in the qualifiers. With compatriot John Orozco finishing fourth, the Americans had a strong shot at a medal, if they could get past David Belyavsky of Russia and Fabian Hambüchen of Germany, 2008 Olympic bronze medalist and 2007 World Champion on the horizontal bar, who had qualified second and third respectively.

By about the halfway point of the event, it was clear that Uchimura was inching his way towards the gold medal and creating an ever-widening gap between himself and the rest of the field. By the end of the competition he had finished in first or second in four of the six disciplines with a string of consistently strong performances that reminded the audience why he was three-time World, and now Olympic, Champion. Marcel Nguyen of Germany, who scored highest in both rings and parallel bars, came in second and won his nation’s first medal in the individual all-around since Alfred Schwarzmann and Konrad Frey won gold and bronze respectively in 1936. Leyva came up from behind, meanwhile, and scored top marks in the final two events, the parallel bars and the horizontal bars, to jump ahead and onto the podium, claiming the bronze medal for the United States.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Kohei Uchimura 23 Japan JPN Gold
2 Marcel Nguyen 24 Germany GER Silver
3 Danell Leyva 20 United States USA Bronze
4 Mykola Kuksenkov 23 Ukraine UKR
5 David Belyavsky 20 Russia RUS
6 Kazuhito Tanaka 27 Japan JPN
7 Kristian Thomas 23 Great Britain GBR
8 John Orozco 19 United States USA
9 Fabián González 20 Spain ESP
10 Sérgio Sasaki 20 Brazil BRA
11 Oleh Verniaiev 18 Ukraine UKR
12 Aleksandr Shatilov 25 Israel ISR
13 Daniel Purvis 21 Great Britain GBR
14 Emin Garibov 21 Russia RUS
15 Fabian Hambüchen 24 Germany GER
16 Cyril Tommasone 25 France FRA
17 Claudio Capelli 25 Switzerland SUI
18 Enrico Pozzo 31 Italy ITA
19 Joshua Jefferis 26 Australia AUS
20 Kim Su-Myeon 25 South Korea KOR
21 Jimmy Verbaeys 18 Belgium BEL
22 Paolo Ottavi 26 Italy ITA
23 Javier Gómez 25 Spain ESP
24 Roman Kulesza 29 Poland POL
17 r1/2 Philipp Boy 25 Germany GER
18 r1/2 Koji Yamamuro 23 Japan JPN
20 r1/2 Oleh Stepko 18 Ukraine UKR
25 r1/2 Flavius Koczi 24 Romania ROU
26 r1/2 Sergio Muñoz 22 Spain ESP
29 r1/2 Guo Weiyang 24 China CHN
30 r1/2 Stepan Gorbachov 28 Kazakhstan KAZ
32 r1/2 Felix Aronovich 24 Israel ISR
33 r1/2 Jorge Hugo Giraldo 32 Colombia COL
34 r1/2 Martin Konečný 27 Czech Republic CZE
35 r1/2 Manuel Campos 31 Portugal POR
36 r1/2 Artur Davtyan 19 Armenia ARM
37 r1/2 Mohamed El-Saharty 21 Egypt EGY
38 r1/2 Dmitrijs Trefilovs 25 Latvia LAT
39 r1/2 Fabian Leimlehner 24 Austria AUT
40 r1/2 Şakir Şıxəliyev 21 Azerbaijan AZE
41 r1/2 Matteo Morandi 30 Italy ITA