Blythe Lawrence will attend Worlds. She’s looked at routines for these four all-arounders, guestimating their Difficulty start values in Tokyo:
1. Uchimura, 40.5
2. Boy, 38.4
3. Leyva, 38.2
4. Horton, 38.1
A few of these D-scores have been estimated, given that one connection or added skill can bump a D-score up by a few tenths on several events. But the overall conclusion is the same — against his nearest competitors, Uchimura can afford to fall, maybe even fall twice, and he is still most likely to win the meet. …
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Difficulty score throwdown: Leyva, Horton, Boy, and Uchimura
Andy Thornton agrees:
… Many of us commented on the tremendous depth of the U.S. men’s team at the recent Visa Championships. The competition was highlighted by an all-around battle between two world all-around medal contenders Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton.
Boasting two legitimate international all-around threats on the same team is a rare luxury, indeed, but the U.S. men’s team has a whole lot more to be excited about than that.
The U.S. men’s team may have just found its best pommel horse lineup since Athens 2004. …
Universal – Will Tokyo be one for the books?
… These men have the difficulty and execution to not only knock Germany off the medal podium, but to perhaps even give Japan and China a serious scare. …