Olympic Preview: Men's Qualification, Session 3
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The 2012 Olympic men's qualification competition concludes with the third and final subdivision, a loaded session featuring teams and gymnasts ready to shake up the standings.

Spain: Floor Exercise

Eleventh at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo, Spain is doubtful for a trip to team finals, but has chances for individual success in London. Isaac Botella was eighth on vault at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, and also has a chance at the floor exercise final. Young Fabian Gonzalez, 20, is another hopeful for finals, finishing second on high bar at the London Test Event.


Fabian Hambüchen (Germany)

Ukraine: Pommel Horse

After failing to qualify a full team to the 2008 Olympics, Ukraine jumped back into the mix in 2011, placing fifth in the team final in Tokyo. The team has one of the best vaulters in the world in Igor Radivilov, who won the London Test Event and took second at the European championships. Parallel bars standout Oleg Vernyayev and Youth Olympic champion Oleg Stepko also have finals potential. All-around hopeful Nikolai Kuksenkov is undoubtedly the team star, but can't seem to catch a break from injuries.

Romania: Still Rings

Three-time Olympian Marian Dragulescu was left off the squad to London, leaving European champion Flavius Koczi as the Romanian men's best shot at medals on floor exercise and vault. The Romanian men were eighth at the 2011 Worlds in Tokyo and could squeak into the team finals again in London.

Germany: Vault

Boasting a pair of two-time world all-around medalists in Fabian Hambüchen and Philipp Boy, the German men will be out to prove they belong back in the medals in London. The bronze medalists at the 2010 Worlds, the team fell to sixth in Tokyo. Parallel bars star Marcel Nguyen will be fighting for an all-around spot with his teammates, as only two gymnasts per country can qualify to any final. Germany lost Yevgeny Spiridonov to injury, however, and the team is weak on pommel horse and still rings.

Mixed Group 2: Parallel Bars

In the fifth rotation, Bulgarian star Jordan Jovtchev will make his record sixth Olympic appearance official with his still rings routine. Jovtchev, 39, is a long shot to make another rings final this year, as he is dealing with a number of injuries. But Jovtchev is a living legend in more than gymnastics, and he was given the honor of carrying the Bulgarian flag in Friday night's Opening Ceremonies.

Mixed Group 2 also includes another veteran specialist, Belarusian Dmitry Kasperovich, 34. Kasperovich, a member of the Belarusian squad that won the world title at the 2001 Worlds, hopes to cap his career with a medal on vault. This diverse group also includes African entrant Wajdi Bouallegue (Tunisia) and parallel bars standout Pham Phuoc Hung (Vietnam). Stepan Gorbachyov (Kazakhstan) and Manuel Campos (Portugal) have their eyes on the all-around final.

Russia: High Bar

The Russian men haven't won an Olympic team medal since the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, where they took third. An entirely new group of gymnasts hopes to power Russia back onto the podium in London. The spectacular Denis Ablyazin has finals potential on floor exercise, still rings and vault, while European champions Alexander Balandin (still rings) and Emin Garibov (high bar) are also in the medal hunt. David Belyavsky is the team's best hope for the all-around, though a pinched nerve in his neck has troubled him this year.

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