American Danell Leyva put up a strong score of 15.833, but round after round of incredible performances left him off the medal stand and in fifth place. Not one gymnast broke 16 in the qualification round, but four gymnasts scored over 16 in what was the most impressive individual event final of these Olympics as just about everyone nailed their routine.
The favorite, Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands, won gold with a score of 16.533 hitting on a routine with a difficulty of 7.9. For an example of how hard it was, take a look at the GIF to the right.
Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen took silver with a 16.400 and 2008 gold medalist China’s Kai Zou claimed the bronze with a 16.366. Incredibly China’s Chenglong Zhang was left off the podium despite a score of 16.266, a score which would have won gold in Beijing.
American Jonathan Horton finished behind countryman Leyva and in sixth place. Disappointingly, Leyva’s bronze in the individual all-around is the only medal the American men managed in London, finishing far below expectations.