Japan’s Kohei Uchimura entered London as the man to beat in men’s gymnastics.
He lived up to the expectations Wednesday by winning the men’s all-around title, although he made it close at the end. Uchimura was in control of the competition through five rotations, but made it interesting at the end when he stumbled on his final event, the floor exercise.
Germany’s Marcel Nguyen was second and American Danell Leyva was third.
Uchimura’s teammate Kazuhito Tanaka was in position to take silver heading into the final rotation, but he struggled on the pommel horse, scoring a 13.433 to drop down the standings.
John Orozco of the U.S. finished eighth.
Leyva sat in the middle of the pack for most of the competition, but battled back at the end. He scored a 15.700 on the high bar in his final rotation to move him up the rankings into third position.
Leyva struggled to a 13.500 on the pommel horse, but was solid the rest of the way, tallying a 15.366 on the floor, 14.733 on the rings, 15.566 on the vault and 15.833 on the parallel bars.
Orozco dropped down the standings in the second rotation when he faltered on the pommel horse and recorded a 12.566.
Paul Hamm is the lone American man to ever win a gymnastics all-around crown, a feat he accomplished in 2004.
Uchimura has won the past three consecutive world all-around titles. He also earned a silver medal at the 2008 Beijing Games.
The last Japanese man to win an Olympic gymnastics all-around title was Koji Gushiken in 1984.
Uchimura came into the Olympics seeming almost invincible, but quickly showed that he was beatable when he faltered on the pommel horse in the qualification round and finished ninth overall.
He then claimed silver in the men’s team final with Japan, but struggled again on the pommel horse when he faltered on his dismount.