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Kohei Uchimura has nothing left to prove. The only question surrounding the effortlessly elegant 27-year-old is if he is the greatest male gymnast of all time.Another Olympic all-around title to bookend the one the Japanese captured in London four years ago would settle the debate for now and perhaps for good. Yet Uchimura is far less concerned with adding to his ever-growing collection of personal bling -- hes won a record six world championships to go with that Olympic gold -- and more focused on helping his country return to the top of the podium.Japan ended a lengthy losing streak to rival China when it triumphed at the 2015 world championships. Uchimura -- who isnt ruling out sticking around until the 2020 Olympics back home in Tokyo -- would love nothing more than to fill the one hole left on his peerless resume.A few other things to look for when the mens competition in Rio de Janeiro gets underway on Aug. 7:MANRIQUES MOMENTUchimuras biggest challenge may come from 20-year-old Cuban Manrique Larduet. The powerful Larduet was a revelation at worlds last fall, finishing a surprising second behind Uchimura. Heady territory for a kid from Santiago on the southeastern Cuban coast, a good 500 miles from Havana.Cuba has never won a medal at the Olympics in mens gymnastics, a drought Larduet could end if he can back up his bronze-medal winning performance on high bar at worlds. In an event that can best be described as gymnastics answer to the Slam Dunk Contest, Larduets daring, high-flying routine is a wonder.STEADY SAMSam Mikulak has spent most of the last four years as easily the best American gymnast, reeling off four straight national titles with relative ease. Yet hes struggled to make an impact on the international level, his only medal coming as part of the U.S. team that won bronze at the 2014 world championships.The 23-year-old moved to the U.S. Olympic Training Center after graduating from Michigan but continues to be bothered by small mistakes -- usually early in a competition -- that force him to spend most of the meet playing catch-up. Its time for me to show what I can do on the international stage, Mikulak said. I think if I can go out there with my mind clear, Ill be OK.LONG TIME COMINGChris Brooks spent the overwhelming majority of his career pushed just off to the side, whether by injury or just enough mistakes in crucial moments to convince the U.S. national team selection committee to look elsewhere for help. Now the 29-year-old is center stage. Brooks put together a surprising run to a spot on the five-man U.S. squad along with Mikulak, Jake Dalton, Alex Naddour and Danell Leyva (filling in for an injured John Orozco) by finishing second at nationals and Olympic Trials.An alternate on the Olympic team that faded to fifth in London in 2012, Brooks heads to Rio as team captain.STRUGGLING SUPERPOWERChinas lengthy run at the top officially ended last October when it slipped all the way to third behind Japan and rising Great Britain, signaling an end to the Chineses once easy dominance.Its a warning for all of us, Zhang Chenglong said. Because its a competition, there are always successes and failures. No one can be the forever winner.Zhang is the only returning member of the 2012 team that won gold in London after five-time Olympic gold-medal winner Zou Kais late bid to make the team was beset by injury.DONT MISSGreat Britains Louis Smith on pommel horse. The event is 45 seconds of lactic-acid producing agony for most but Smiths powerfully graceful set stands out. While some of his competitors move their hands so quickly its as if theyre racing to get done, Smith takes this time. His athletic swoops from one side to the other are a picture of control.The 27-year-old began the Brits rise in international competition when he earned bronze on pommel horse in Beijing, the first Englishman to win an Olympic medal in gymnastics in a century. He picked up a silver on pommels in London, capping a triumph meet for the Brits, who edged the Ukraine for bronze in the team event. Cheap Vans Authentic . 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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Martin Flores birdied five of the last seven holes for a 5-under 66 and a three-stroke lead Saturday in the Web.com Tour Finals Nationwide Childrens Hospital Championship.Already guaranteed a PGA Tour card with a fifth-place finish on the Web.com Tours regular-season money list, the 34-year-old Flores rebounded from a bogey on No. 11 with birdies on the next four holes and closed with a birdie on 18. He had a 13-under 20 total on Ohio States Scarlet Course.Im not going to change anything, Flores said. I respect every individual out here, and I know that anybody can put together a hot round, so Ive got to keep doing what Im doing. I know the golf course is very, very difficult and its going to be a challenge.Flores won the Lincoln Land Charity Championship in July for his first Web.com Tour title.I struggled early with lag putting, Flores said. I was leaving everything short. Just struggled with the speed. Then as the round went on I started to hit the ball close quite a few times, but I started getting the speed a lot better. So I was very happy with that.Tag Ridings, tied with Flores for the second-round lead, was second after a 69. The 42-year-old Ridings was 52nd on the Web.com money list and entered the third of four series events 36th in the race for 25 PGA Tour cards with $9,493.It feels great always, Ridings said. It feels really good on this golf course to actually beat it three days in a row. So Im going to try to just stay focused on doing that.dddddddddddd Youve got to beat it off the tee and then you can play in from there.The series features the top 75 players from the Web.com regular-season money list, Nos. 126-200 in the PGA Tours FedEx Cup standings and non-members with enough PGA Tour money to have placed in the top 200 in the FedEx Cup had they been eligible.Flores and the other top-25 finishers on the Web.com money list earned PGA Tour cards. They are competing against each other for tour priority, with regular-season earnings counting in their totals.The other players are fighting for 25 cards based on series earnings . The last PGA Tour card went at $33,650 in 2013, $36,312 in 2014 and $32,206 last year.Grayson Murray was third at 9 under after a 68. He earned a PGA Tour card with by finishing 18th on the Web.com money list.Mexicos Carlos Ortiz (66) and Australias Cameron Smith (67) were 8 under. Ortiz was 172nd in the FedEx Cups standings and missed the cuts in the first two series events. Smith was 157th in the FedEx Cups standings and is 48th in the card chase with $6,910.Two-time heart transplant recipient Erik Compton was tied for sixth at 7 under after a 70. He was 173rd in the FedEx Cup standings and is 63rd among the players vying for the 25 cards with $4,000. ' ' '

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