Corona del Mar High product Sam Mikulak and the other four members of the United States Olympic team finished a disappointing fifth in the men's gymnastics team final contested Monday in London.
The Americans were plagued by mistakes on the pommel horse and the floor exercise to finish with 269.952 points. China (275.997), Japan (271.952) and Great Britain (271.711) earned the top three spots to claim gold, silver and bronze medals, respectively.
Team USA had topped the point list in the team qualifications on Saturday, posting 274.342 points, which was followed by Russia (272.595) and Great Britain (272.420).
Mikulak, a 19-year-old Newport Coast resident who competes at the University of Michigan, led three American gymnasts in the pommel horse Monday with a score of 14.500. His score featured no deductions, but his two teammates fell from the apparatus, leaving the Americans with the seventh-best team score in the event.
Mikulak, the NCAA overall champion in 2011 who was third overall at the 2012 NCAA championships, touched one hand on the floor after a triple-twisting back somersault in his floor exercise routine. The resulting deduction produced a score of 14.600, worst among three Americans in the event. Team USA posted the third-best combined score in the floor exercise.