Update at 2:46 p.m. According to the Bleacher Report (bleacherreport.com), Russian gymnast Victoria Komova has taken the lead in the all-around standings with an individual score of 60.632. Aly Raisman is now in second with a score of 60.391.
With three of five subdivisions completed, Needham gymnast Aly Raisman is ranked first in the all-around standings in the qualification round at the 2012 Olymic Games.
The qualification round, which began at 9:45 a.m. Sunday, July 29, determines which teams and athletes will compete in the finals. The formal announcement will be made following the completion of the fifth subdivision.
The U.S. Women's Gymnastics Team is leading in the team standings thus far in the competition, with a total score of 181.863. In second and third are Great Britain, with a team score of 170.656, and Italy, with a team score of 168.397, respectively, according to a news release from Team USA.
“Before we marched out we talked about how we want to have fun here and really enjoy it. We talked about going out and hitting all of our routines just like at 2011 World Championships and that’s what we did. I’m really proud of our team," Raisman said of competing as a team, as quoted in the news release.
Raisman, who trained at Brestyan’s American Gymnastics in Brookline, and Gabby Douglas of Virginia Beach, VA were ranked first and second in the all-around standings following the third-division competition, with individual scores of 60.391 and 60.265, respectively. Teammate Jordyn Wieber of DeWitt, MI was ranked third, with a score of 60.032.
On missing out of the all-around finals, Wieber said, “It is a bit of a disappointment. It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around final of the Olympics, but I’m proud of Aly and Gabby, and happy that they reached the all-around and that I was able to help the team get to the finals. I think from the beginning, we were all looking very strong. It was always going to be close between the three of us doing all-around and in the end, it is what it is.”
Along with Raisman, Douglas and Wieber, members of the U.S. Women’s Team include McKayla Maroney of Long Beach, CA and Kyla Ross of Aliso Viejo, CA.
With three of the five subdivisions completed, Team USA had scored the highest for vault—with a team score of 47.633—as well as for balance beam (45.441) and floor exercise (43.757), according to the team press release.
“I’m very pleased with how the competition went. We proved we are very well prepared. They hit all of their routines, which is what I expected. We did have some tiny mistakes here and there that we will correct for the team finals," Women’s National Team Coordinator Martha Karolyi said in the press release.
Below is a summary of the team's performance in the qualifying round, from the Team USA news release:
The USA women started on vault with four solid Yurchenko two-and-a-half twists, also known as Amanars. Raisman started the team off scoring a 15.800. Douglas scored a 15.900 followed by Wieber’s 15.833. 2011 world vault champion Maroney finished strong scoring a 15.900 on her Amanar and a 15.700 on her Yurchenko half on front layout full off, for an average score of 15.800, which makes her first in the vault rankings as of now. Any gymnast vying for a spot in the vault event finals must do two vaults from two different families; the first vault score counts for the team total.
On uneven bars, Raisman started the USA Team out with a solid routine, including a Shaposhnikova, Yaeger and Tkatchev to double front dismount to score a 14.166. Wieber followed with her Weiler kip half turn to Shaposhnikova, Tkatchev and full-twisting double layout dismount to score a 14.833. Ross’ strong routine with beautiful lines included a Shaposhnikova to Pak, Shaposhnikova half Stalder half to Yaeger and she dismounted with a stuck double layout. Ross earned a 14.866. Douglas finished out the bar line-up showing excellent lines and incredible amplitude. Her routine included an Endo, two huge Tkatchevs, and a double layout dismount. Douglas scored a 15.333, the highest bar score for Team USA.
On balance beam, Ross scored a 15.075 for her routine, which included a front aerial to flip flop layout step out, a side somi and a double tuck dismount. Douglas wowed the audience, scoring a 15.266 with her standing full and flip flop, flip flop to double pike dismount. Wieber’s routine was loaded with skills including a combination front handspring to standing full to flip flop. She dismounted with a flip flop, flip flop, two-and-a-half twist. Wieber scored a 14.700. Raisman anchored beam with her solid routine that included a flip flop to layout, side aerial, front tuck, front pike and a double Arabian dismount. Raisman scored a 15.100.
On the final event of the day, floor exercise, Ross once again led off for the USA with her routine, which included a double Arabian mount and a double tuck dismount to score a 13.733. She had an out-of-bounds deduction on her first pass. Douglas’ routine included a one-and-a-half to triple full mount. Unfortunately she also stumbled out-of-bounds on her double Arabian for a 13.766. Wieber did a difficulty packed routine, sticking her double-twisting double-back mount and a one-and-a-half to triple full to jump for her second pass. Wieber earned a 14.666. Raisman anchored the team with her powerful floor routine, showing a one-and-a-half to double Arabian, punch layout front for her first pass and a piked double Arabian to jump for her second pass, to claim a 15.325.
The 2012 Olympics gymnastics competition will continue on Monday, July 30 with the men’s team finals at 4:30 p.m., followed by the women’s team finals on Tuesday, July 31.
The men’s all-around competition will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 1, followed by the women’s all-around on Thursday, Aug. 2. The individual event finals will be held on Friday and Saturday, Aug. 3-4.