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Naddour looks to help U.S. earn first top-three Olympic finish in men’s gymnastics since 2008

United States' Alexander Naddour performs on the rings during the artistic gymnastics men's qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday.
United States' Alexander Naddour performs on the rings during the artistic gymnastics men's qualification at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on Saturday. AP

Alex Naddour was an alternate for the 2012 Olympics when the U.S. men’s gymnastics team finished fifth in London.

This time around, the 25-year-old from Mesa, Arizona, is hoping to help give the United States a top-three finish at the Olympics for the first time since 2008.

Naddour’s specialty is the pommel horse, and his presence on the apparatus should immensely help the United States improve its production in the event while in Rio de Janeiro.

At the 2012 Games, the United States posted the second-lowest team score on the pommel horse in the eight-team field during the finals. John Orozco posted the second-lowest individual score on the apparatus in the team finals, and Danell Leyva fell during his routine.

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