Raisman Beats Romania Twice in 60 Minutes With Gold in Final

Raisman Wins Second Gold Medal
Aly Raisman of the U.S. competes in the artistic gymnastics women's floor exercise final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on Aug. 7. Photographer: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

Aly Raisman of the U.S. won her second gymnastics gold medal of the London Olympics, taking the floor exercise today about an hour after a successful appeal bought her bronze on the beam.

“It was the best routine I’ve ever done,” Raisman told reporters. “I’m so glad I got the medal I wanted.”

Raisman, an 18-year-old from Boston, scored 15.6 points in the floor final at the North Greenwich Arena, beating Romania’s Catalina Ponor for the second time today. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina was third.

Linlin Deng of China won the beam, with teammate Lu Sui second. Raisman took the bronze from Ponor after her coach, Mihai Brestyan, told judges they’d missed a pirouette in the American’s routine.

Zhe Feng of China won the men’s parallel bars and Epke Zonderland of the Netherlands won the men’s horizontal bar.

Brestyan jumped up and down, cheering the final part Raisman’s floor routine. After completing her dismount, Raisman ran to Brestyan and hugged him, and he clasped her head in his hands before kissing her forehead.

Raisman, a part of the U.S. gold-medal-winning team, stood on the sidelines and watched a repeat of her beam routine as the judges debated the merits of the appeal. Her final total was upgraded to 15.066, equaling that of Ponor, 24, who was demoted to fourth due to the American’s higher execution score.

Two Tiebreakers

The tiebreaker was the second that Raisman was involved in during these games. She missed a bronze medal in the all-around event on Aug. 2 after losing a tiebreaker with the 17-year-old Mustafina.

“It was an excellent performance,” Martha Karolyi, U.S. team coordinator, told reporters. “Justice was made and certainly, psychologically, it was a great moment for Aly. I was sure that she would do a good job on the floor.”

Jordyn Wieber of the U.S., who won the all-around world championship last year, finished seventh in the floor exercise after stepping out-of-bounds during her performance. The 17-year-old Wieber also was a member of gold-medal U.S. team.

Gabby Douglas, the first U.S. female gymnast to win a team and all-around gold medal in the same games, fell off the beam during her routine today and finished seventh.

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