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U.S. men can't overcome early errors

After finishing first in qualifying, Americans slide to fifth; China wins gold

Updated: July 30, 2012, 10:51 PM ET
By Bonnie D. Ford

LONDON -- He was the athlete of whom most was expected within a group that generated great expectations, and when the scores in the Olympic men's team gymnastics final went up for the world to see, Danell Leyva was the one who took it the hardest.

The U.S. quintet slid from first in qualifying to fifth with medals on the line as early errors proved contagious. Leyva had only one truly dreadful showing. It came, not surprisingly, on the pommel horse, which has been a nemesis not ...

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