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U.S. grabs lead at women's gymnastics qualifier

When it was all over for Team USA following its turn in Sunday's women's gymnastics qualifications, they were atop the overall team standings.

The Americans also saw Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber post the best three all-around scores by the time the third subdivision ended. The only problem for medal-hopeful Wieber is that a country is allowed to send only two gymnasts to the final.

Sure, Wieber will still have a chance on Tuesday to earn America's first team gold medal in women's competition since 1996, but she saw her chance at individual gold come to a painful end.

The U.S. came out on fire, with Douglas, Wieber, Raisman and McKayla Maroney -- injured toe and all -- post scores of at least 15.8 on the vault. Kyla Ross then stepped in for Maroney for the final three rotations and the group hardly stumbled.

They wrapped competition with a score of 181.863, just over 11 points more than Great Britain. Canada is currently fourth at 167.696, less than a point behind Italy.

In fact, the favored squad hardly showed any mistakes until the floor exercise, though Wieber had a crucial error on the third event -- the beam -- that hurt her score.

Ross, Wieber and Douglas all stumbled on landings on the floor, but Wieber's 14.666 mark still had her second behind Douglas. Then Raisman put together a great routine that netted her a 15.325, and the top all-around score at 60.391. That's .126 ahead of Douglas, who also appears headed to the final of the event on Thursday.

Wieber is not.

"It is a bit of a disappointment. It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-around final of the Olympics, but I'm proud of Aly and Gabby and happy that they reached the all-around and that I was able to help the team get to the finals," said Wieber.

"I think from the beginning we were all looking very strong. It was always going to be close between the three of us doing all-around and in the end it is what it is."

Expected medal contenders China, Russia and Romania are set to compete later in the evening.

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