After finishing in fifth place during the team finals two days ago, Danell Leyva told his fans via twitter, that the defeat would ‘serve as a huge motivation’ for his competition in the men’s all-around individual competition.
And he did – taking the bronze, and only medal for the U.S. men’s gymnastics team.
The Cuban-American had a rough start finishing in 19th place after the completing two out of the six events during the completion. It was his performance on the parallel bars and horizontal bar that elevated him to the third place position.
Japan’s Kohei Uchimora finished in first taking the gold medal followed by Marcel Ngyuen of Germany taking the silver.
But it was the pommel horse that brought trouble to both Americans. Leyva’s U.S. teammate, John Orozco, 19, fell short of redeeming himself from Monday’s devastating performance. After completing his pommel horse routine, Orozco could be seen resting his face on his hands while he heard that he placed second to last among all 24 pommel horse competitors. Orozco came in 8th place overall.
Leyva and Orozco were the only two to qualify for the all-around men’s final. Leyva and Paul Hamm, 1984 gold medalist, are the only two Americans to win Olympic medals since 1984.
Watch the action tonight at 8 p.m. E.T./P.T. on NBC