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U.S. Team Slips in Prelims
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Competing with only four competitors on three events, the U.S. gymnastics team in Subdivision 2 couldn't pass China's total from Subdivision I.

Chellsie Memmel, who suffered an ankle injury Aug. 2, was joined on the sidelines by Samantha Peszek. Peszek suffered an ankle injury in floor exercise warmups (2½) and, like Memmel, competed uneven bars only Sunday.

In the first rotation, former world champion Alicia Sacramone lost her chance for an event final, missing a dance move and landing completely out of bounds on her third pass. Bridget Sloan stepped out of bounds, but hit routines from Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson will likely lead to event final berths.

The U.S. rebounded on vault on the second rotation, with clean vaults from all four competitor. Liukin stuck her Yurchenko 1½, bringing a score of 9.8 from the Belgian judge.

On uneven bars, Sloan broke following her toe-on Tkatchev (couldn't control the kip and couldn't get to handstand). Memmel fell on her Tkatchev and Liukin landed her dismount on her back. Liukin is still in reach of the finals, with a score of 15.950.

The four U.S. gymnasts finished strong on balance beam, with 15.550 from Sloan, 15.950 from Sacramone and 15.975 from both Johnson and Liukin.

Johnson was the most consistent gymnast, hitting all four events to take the all-around lead over Liukin and China's Yang Yilin.

Japan finished ahead of both Great Britain and Italy, setting the possibility of a first-time appearance in team finals. Former world champion Vanessa Ferrari of Italy struggled, falling off balance beam (tucked full) and uneven bars.

Great Britain's Beth Tweddle scored 15.650 on uneven bars for an agressive set. She is currently ranked fifth on the apparatus.

Subdivision III features Australia, Germany, Russia and Ukraine.

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