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Danell Leyva, Donnell Whittenburg named Olympic alternates

Danell Leyva

ST. LOUIS, MO - JUNE 23: (EDITORS NOTE: Multiple exposures were combined in camera to produce this image.) Danell Leyva competes on the pommel horse during day one of the 2016 Men’s Gymnastics Olympic Trials at Chafitz Arena on June 23, 2016 in St. Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

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Danell Leyva and Donnell Whittenburg, the only two U.S. men to earn 2015 World Championships medals, were named as Olympic alternates Sunday after being left off the five-man Rio team on Saturday night.

So was Akash Modi, who finished sixth in the combined all-around standings after the P&G Championships and Olympic Trials.

Leyva, Whittenburg and Modi can replace one of the five Olympic team members -- Sam Mikulak, John Orozco, Jacob Dalton, Chris Brooks or Alex Naddour -- in the event of injury.

It wouldn’t be unprecedented. In 2008, two Olympic alternates -- Raj Bhavsar and Sasha Artemev -- replaced the injured Paul and Morgan Hamm and helped the U.S. to a surprise team bronze medal in Beijing.

Leyva won the 2012 Olympic all-around bronze medal. No U.S. Olympic men’s all-around medalist has come back to compete in the following Games -- Julius Lenhart (1904), Peter Vidmar (1984), Paul Hamm (2004).

Oklahoma’s Mark Williams was named the team head coach.

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*Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly called Leyva the 2008 Olympic all-around bronze medalist.