Trion High School graduate and Team USA star Brody Malone and Olympic veteran Sam Mikulak competed in the men’s individual all-around final at the Tokyo Olympics, finishing in 10th and 12th place, respectively.
Malone, 21, is competing at his first Games after winning his first all-around U.S. national title in April, then finishing first in the all-around ranks at the U.S. Olympic Gymnastics Trials. The 28-year-old Mikulak, conversely, is competing in his third and final Olympic Games, seeking his first medal. He finished seventh in the all-around in 2016 and fourth on high bar; as a member of the 2012 team, he finished fifth, as the U.S. men’s team also did this year.
Both Malone and Mikulak are both typically strongest on the high bar, but were both off in this final. Malone scored a 14.400, down from his 14.533 in qualifications (which, in turn, was still a bit off for him). Mikulak, in his final high bar routine ever, scored a 13.633. Malone will compete again in the high bar event final later this week.
Mikulak’s best event was the parallel bars, where he scored a 14.966. That was down from his huge 15.433 in qualification, but he’ll have one final shot at a medal in the event final. Although Malone had a low parallel bars score (13.466) he debuted a new mount to begin his routine, and the skill will be named after him in the Code of Points.
Malone closed out the day with a strong 14.300 on floor.