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Sam Mikulak to be limited in finals

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Sam Mikulak's injured left ankle will keep him out of all events but pommel horse during the finals of the U.S. men's gymnastics Olympic trials on Saturday.

Mikulak's coach, Kurt Golder, confirmed the decision after watching Mikulak attempt to warm up on Saturday. The 19-year-old turned the ankle after an awkward landing on his vault during preliminaries on Thursday.

The 2011 NCAA champion posted the highest all-around score with a 91.8, just ahead of Danell Leyva. He began Saturday in third place behind Leyva and national champion John Orozco in the overall standings.

USA Gymnastics will use the average score from the first three rounds of qualifying to determine his marks for the events he does not compete in during the finals. He is not eligible to automatically qualify for the team.

His father, Stephen Mikulak, said the ankle was "black and blue" and the swelling began when trainers removed tape after Thursday's competition. Mikulak is still considered a favorite to make the five-man team when it is announced Sunday.

He originally injured the ankle when he broke both of his legs during a meet in Puerto Rico last summer. He endured a lengthy rehab but was surging this spring. He was a solid third at national championships this month. He seemed oblivious to the pressure during the opening night of trials, breaking the stranglehold Leyva and Orozco have had on the top of the podium during the last year.

Mikulak had extensive treatment on Friday and took his time stretching on Saturday while Golder consulted with U.S. men's team coordinator Kevin Mazeika and USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. He worked exclusively on pommel horse during warmups, never approaching another apparatus.