- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 1, 2012

LONDON — Like pretty much everybody, Danell Leyva thinks Kohei Uchimura is the greatest male gymnast who’s ever lived. For now.

While the three-time world champion was solidifying his exalted status with the Olympic title Wednesday, all but wrapping up the gold midway through the meet, Leyva gave a glimpse of what the young American hopes could be the sport’s next great rivalry. Closing with perhaps the two most spectacular routines of the night, the 20-year-old rallied to land in third place.

It was only the second all-around medal for a U.S. man since 1984, and added yet another chapter to Leyva’s incredible story. He fled Cuba as a sickly toddler with his mother and older sister, making their way to Miami through Peru and Venezuela.

“I’m going to keep working to beat him,” Leyva said. “His gymnastics is just so beautiful. I’m not trying to copy his style. I have my own style. I need to perfect me more to beat him.”

Uchimura finished with 92.690 points, almost two in front of Leyva. Marcel Nguyen won the silver, giving Germany its first Olympic medal in the men’s all-around since 1936.

“I have been a world champion three times, three years in a row,” Uchimura said. “But this is different. It’s once in four years, and the wait was there. I felt like the demon was chasing me this time.”

Beach Volleyball: American duo loses first-ever set but rallies for victory

One streak is over, but the winning streak continues for two-time defending Olympic beach volleyball gold medalists Kerri Walsh Jennings and Misty May-Treanor.

The Americans lost the first set of their preliminary round match against Austria 21-17 on Wednesday night — the first time they’ve dropped a set in three Olympics.

But they came back to win the second 21-8 and took the third 15-10 to remain unbeaten in this and every other trip to the Olympic Games.

Women’s Basketball: McCoughtry leads U.S. to easy win over Turkey

Angel McCoughtry scored 18 points and Tina Charles added 16 to lead the United States to an 89-58 victory over Turkey on Wednesday night.

The Turks entered the game unbeaten and were expected to give the Americans their toughest test in the Olympics so far. They had looked impressive in their first Olympic appearance and said they weren’t intimidated despite the U.S. winning its first two games by an average of 38.5 points.

Turkey was able to hang with the U.S. (3-0) early, but the Americans built a 15-point advantage by the half.

Synchronized Diving: Dumais finally gets medal for U.S.

Kristian Ipsen and Troy Dumais of the U.S. earned the bronze in 3-meter synchronized diving Wednesday, finishing behind duos from China and Russia.

It was the first medal of Dumais’ long career in his fourth Olympics, equaling Greg Louganis for most appearances by a male U.S. diver. The 33-year-old Californian finished fourth in the event at the 2000 Sydney Games partnering with his brother Justin. They missed out on a medal after botching their last dive.

“This medal is also for my brother. I thought about him,” said Dumais, who finished sixth in Athens. “Things happen the way they’re supposed to happen. I wouldn’t be the athlete that I am if I gave up.”

Fencing: American hopefuls fall short in bronze-medal matches

Mariel Zagunis not only was denied a third straight gold medal, but she’s going home without any medal at all.

Zagunis dropped her last two matches in the women’s sabre event Wednesday. First, she wasted a 12-5 edge over Kim Jiyeon of South Korea during a 15-13 semifinal loss. Not long afterward, and still reeling, Zagunis gave up nine of the final 11 points to fall 15-10 to Olga Kharlan of Ukraine in the bronze bout.

It was a double dose of coming close for the Americans as Seth Kelsey lost the bronze-medal match in men’s epee to South Korea’s Jung Jinsun, 12-11 in extra time.

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