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Men's Gymnastics Team Final: Team USA Falls Apart, Finishes Fifth

Team USA entered Monday with a great opportunity to earn a medal in the Men's Gymnastics Team event. Unfortunately, that was not meant to be for the Americans. The team, which includes Tampa resident Danell Leyva, had the highest qualifying score of all the teams that participated, but struggled throughout the day.

Leyva, who is a specialist on the parallel and horizontal bars attempted to help Team USA get back into the medal hunt, but the team finished with a final overall score of 269.952. They finished about two points behind bronze medalist, Great Britain and six points behind gold medalist, China. Japan finished with the silver medal in this competition.

The United States was attempting to win their first gold medal since the 1984 and their first gold medal in an olympic competition not involving a boycott. Leyva will return to action on Wednesday as he and fellow American John Orozco will compete in the all-around competition.

For a complete schedule of events and dates medals will be awarded, visit NBC Sports' official Olympic website. For complete coverage from the 2012 London Olympics, keep checking this StoryStream and visit SB Nation's Olympics hub.

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