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U.S. finish 1-2

Posted by Gregory Lee Jr. Globe Staff  August 19, 2008 07:27 AM

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Shawn Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa) and Nastia Liukin (Parker, Texas) won gold and silver, respectively, on the balance beam in individual event finals at the National Indoor Stadium today.

Johnson posted a score of 16.225 to take the gold, while Liukin claimed silver with a 16.025. The bronze medal was won by Cheng Fei of China with a 15.950.

Johnson's gold is the second in the event by an American, following Shannon Miller's at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. It marks the first time the U.S. has won two medals in the event.

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