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Mikulak Surges to Fourth Consecutive U.S. Title
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Sam Mikulak won his fourth straight U.S. all-around title with room to spare on Sunday, but an equally compelling storyline was the runner-up finish of veteran Chris Brooks.

Sam Mikulak
Mikulak suffered a major break on high bar after catching his Kolman too close, which forced him to do two back hip circles. The rest of his day was superb, however, and his 181.500 was the only two-day total to exceed 180.00. Mikulak, 23, improved his scores from Friday night on every event but high bar, and placed second on pommel horse and parallel bars. He also became the first gymnast to win four consecutive U.S. titles since Blaine Wilson (1996-2000), who won five straight.

Brooks, 29, won parallel bars and was second on high bar. But more importantly, he scored 14-plus both days on pommel horse, his weak event.

Third-place Jake Dalton (179.00) won floor and vault, and his third-place on rings could help him in St. Louis in three weeks when the Olympic team is named.

Stanford's Akash Modi showed the consistency that made him the 2015 NCAA all-around champion and runner-up in 2016. He scored 89.15 on Friday and 89.60 on Sunday to place fourth. And his 15.35 on pommels the second day was impressive.

First-day leader Donnell Whittenburg had a rough day and finished in a three-way tie for fifth with Sean Melton and Yul Moldauer (177.550). After a solid set on parallel bars, Whittenburg peeled off high bar on a layout Tkatchev, and followed with a shaky floor routine. On pommels, he fell off on a Sivado late in the routine, but managed to win rings, where he stuck his layout double-double dismount.

Marvin Kimble and Paul Ruggeri tied for eighth (177.200), and John Orozco improved his all-around from day one by 1.8 to score 89.20 and finish 10th (176.600).

C.J. Maestas placed 11th, and Alex Naddour was 12th. Naddour hit his pommel horse set this time (15.75) but fell on his Tsukahara-double pike.

2012 Olympic all-around bronze medalist Danell Leyva (16th) posted 15.30 on both parallel bars and high bar to keep his hopes alive for Rio, but he'll need to show stronger routines on pommel horse in St. Louis to remain in the mix.

The P&G Championships revealed the potential in the next generation of talent, and it will be interesting to see how all of the gymnasts fare at the pressure-packed Olympic trials later this month.

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