World champion Kohei Uchimura and his Japanese team hold a comfortable lead after the first day of men's qualification at the 2010 World Championships in Rotterdam.
Kohei Uchimura (Japan)
Uchimura performed nearly flawlessly to score 92.231 in the second subdivision, putting to rest any discussion he is suffering from a serious shoulder injury. He began with strong performances on both pommel horse (15.133) and still rings (15.400), before drilling his Yurchenko 2 1/2 for 16.333 (9.733 Execution score). He earned 15.366 for a beautiful routine on parallel bars (click to watch routine) and 15.033 on high bar. He ended on floor with his biggest error of the day, touching down on his piked half-in, half-out, but still scored a seventh-best 14.966.
Japan scored 361.400 with the best totals on still rings and parallel bars.
Competing in the fifth and final session of the day, Jonathan Horton led the U.S. to take second over Great Britain by a hair, 357.092-357.033. The U.S. began on high bar, where it scored the high total of the day thanks to 15.633 from Danell Leyva and 15.500 from Chris Brooks. Despite staying on the apparatus, the team struggled on pommel horse with only the seventh-best team total.
Steven Legendre tumbled a 2 1/2-twisting double tuck on floor exercise for a 6.7 Difficulty score, ranking him third on the apparatus.
Individually, Horton edged Great Britain's Daniel Purvis by one tenth, 89.598-89.498.
The British men continued to take the gymnastics world by storm, as they earned the highest event scores on floor exercise, pommel horse and vault. It was an incredible day for the 2012 Olympic hosts, especially considering world all-around silver medalist Daniel Keatings is at home recovering from a torn ACL this past spring. The British men are on track not just for their first world team final, but to contend for their first world team medal as well.
Teams four through 12 are Korea, France, Romania, Spain, Canada, Switzerland, Belarus, Netherlands and Australia.
Individual event leaders at the halfway point are Greece's Eleftherios Kosmidis (floor exercise), Australia's Prashanth Sellathurai (pommel horse), Japan's Koji Yamamuro (still rings), Belarus's Dmitry Kasperovich (vault) and Japan's Koji Uematsu (parallel bars and high bar).
The day saw several medal contenders lose chances at the finals. Romanian world champion Marian Dragulescu, suffering from a foot injury, was unable to land his vaults cleanly and fell out of his triple twist on floor exercise. Bulgaria's Jordan Jovtchev put his knee down on his dismount on still rings, and Greece's Vlasios Maras missed his Pegan on high bar.
The day began disastrously for France, when 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Benoit Caranobe appeared to snap his Achilles' tendon taking off for a full-in on floor exercise.
Competition continues Tuesday morning as the world and Olympic champion Chinese men take to the floor.
Results: Team | All-Around
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