Nastia Liukin (Parker, Texas) and Shawn Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa) used flawless floor exercise routines to claim gold and silver, respectively, in the women's individual all-around gymnastics competition at the National Indoor Stadium Friday afternoon.
Liukin and Johnson both scored a 15.525 on floor, giving Liukin the gold with a score of 63.325 and Johnson the silver with a 62.725. The bronze medal was won by Yang Yilin of China with a score of 62.650.
In addition to sharing the highest score on floor, the two Americans posted the highest value in two other events. Liukin's 16.125 on the balance beam was tops on that apparatus, while Johnson's 15.875 on vault was the best in that event.
Notes on the gold-silver finish by Nastia Liukin (Parker, Texas) and Shawn Johnson (West Des Moines, Iowa) in the women's gymnastics individual all-around competition:
Only the third time a nation has had a 1-2 finish in the event. Others were in 1960 (Larissa Latynina gold, Sofia Muratova silver for the Soviet Union) and 2000 (Simona Amanar gold, Maria Olaru silver for Romania).
First time the United States has had two women's gymnasts on the individual all-around medal podium.
First time the United States has won consecutive gold medals in the event (Liukin, 2008; Carly Patterson, 2004).
Third individual all-round gold medal won by the United States (Liukin, Patterson and Mary Lou Retton, 1984).
Second time the United States has won a silver in the event (Shannon Miller, 1992).