Florida's Danell Leyva snags silver in Rio

by Sadie Mccarthy Agosto 18, 2016, 1:00
Florida's Danell Leyva snags silver in Rio

He believed medals were his destiny.

Leyva got into the U.S. starting lineup only because teammate John Orozco tore up his knee during training less than a month before the Games began. Although the 30-year-old remounted the bar, he knew there would be no place for him on the podium and he finished seventh with 14.033.

Leyva did not seem to have much going in his favor Tuesday as he took a deep breath and stepped onto the platform.

This is the first time U.S.A earned a silver medal in men's parallel bars.

"Before the Games I said this was going to be my last competition". Naddour took bronze on the pommel horse.

Gymnast Oleg Verniaiev, 22, has won Ukraine's first gold medal at the Rio Summer Olympics in Brazil. First, he'll compete on the parallel bars.

Leyva, the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist, is competing in Rio after initially being named an alternate.

For Leyva, redemption and reward after an agonizing prelude.

He was the top qualifier to the final with a score of 16.166, and proved it wasn't a fluke by earning 16.100 points for his parallel bars routine in the all-around final (where he claimed silver).

Danell Leyva men's parallel bars final Rio Olympics
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"All of us girls want to go", she said, "but I don't know how crazy it will get if all five of us go at the same time".

In the men's 110-meter hurdles, Jamaican Omar McLeod secured gold with a run of 13.05 seconds. "It's a dream come true".

Kato, 22, raised the difficulty level of his routine on the bars impromptu to 6.800 points for the apparatus final, but that was not enough to put him in contention as six of the eight finalists had higher difficulty scores.

Leyva knew he had to beat German Fabian Hambuechen's score of 15.766. No other event for men or women necessitates it.

"Chalk and honey is the best thing you have for holding on", Brooks said. It also gave the frequently. "I need some time to realise what happened today".

Alvarez's joy was in sharp contrast to the utter dejection felt by world champion You. "And as a father, what can I say?"

By likening the atmosphere in Rio's Olympic Stadium to Adolf Hitler's propaganda games in Berlin in 1936, Lavillenie showed poor taste and a poor grasp of history.

Leyva, 24, was born in Cuba.


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