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Live updates: Aly Raisman wins gold in floor exercise

Posted by Chad Finn, Globe Staff  August 7, 2012 09:39 AM

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LONDON -- Needham's Aly Raisman has won the gold in the floor exercise, bringing the gymnast's medal count to two Tuesday and three overall at the London Games.

She is the first US gymnast ever to win the event.

Raisman finished with a score of 15.9, easily topping silver medal winning Catalina Ponor of Romania (15.2) and bronze medalist Aliya Mustafina of Russia (14.9)

Earlier Tuesday, Raisman won a bronze medal in the beam, winning an appeal and then a tiebreaker with Ponor.

She previously won a gold medal in the team competition.

12:09: Aliya Mustafina also scores 14.900. Raisman is assured of silver as the last competitor, Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa, begins her routine.

12:02:Ferrari gets a 14.9, so Raisman is assured of a medal with two gymnasts left to go.

11:59: Italy's Vanessa Ferrari is up next. Unless she can score above 15.600, Raisman is assured of a medal.

11:45: Looks like Aly Raisman has an excellent shot at a second medal Tuesday and third during these Games. She earns a 15.6 on her floor exercise routine, earning huge cheers from the crowd at North Greenwich Arena. Her teammate, Jordyn Wieber, struggled in her routine preceding Raisman, earning a 14.5 score with a 0.1 deduction for stepping out of bounds.

After a lengthy wait while Wieber's score was posted, Raisman went with the more difficult version (6.5) of her routine which included a layout and earned a score that figured to put her on the podium, possibly on the top position.

11:40: The floor exercise is underway. Raisman is trying to make history in theevent, where the Americans never have won gold, although Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin finished second and third in the event in Beijing

Floor is her best event -- Raisman finished third there at last year's world championships behind Russia's Kseniia Afanaseva and China's Sui Lu. And with Sui failing to qualify and Afanaseva having fallen on her face during the team final, Raisman's chances of winning seem strong.

Afanaseva will lead off, followed by Jordyn Wieber and Raisman, with Romania's Catalina Ponor, the Athens champion, following and teammate Sandra Izbasa, the Beijing titlist, coming up last.

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11:23: Dutch gymnast Epke Zonderland pulled off a huge upset on the horizontal bar, knocking off Chinese defending Olympic and world champion Zou Kai to become his country's first medalist in Games history.

Germany's Fabian Hambuchen, the 2008 bronze medalist, upgraded to silver ahead of Zou.The American men ended up without an apparatus medal for the first time since 2000 as Danell Leyva and Jonathan Horton, the Beijing runner-up, placed fifth and sixth.

Back with the women's floor exercise momentarily where Raisman will go for her second medal of the day.

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In the end and on the beam, it really did all balance out for Aly Raisman.

The Needham native won the bronze medal in the women's balance beam Tuesday when her initial score was adjusted after an inquiry, and she then won a tiebreaker with Romania's Catalina Ponor.

300raismanbronze.jpgThe situation was remarkably similar to the outcome of the women's all-around, when Raisman finished tied for the third-best score with Russia's Aliya Mustafina but lost out on a medal because of a tiebreaker.

The difference, of course, is that this time the tiebreaker worked in Raisman's favor.

After the inquiry, Raisman's degree of difficulty score was boosted 0.120, changing her score from 14.946 to 15.066, equaling Ponor. Raisman was awarded the medal because her execution score (8.766) was higher than Ponor's (8.466), which was the tiebreaker.

China went 1-2 atop the podium, with Deng Linlin getting gold (15.600) and Sui Lu the silver (15.50).

All-around champion Gabby Douglas fell during her routine, catching herself on the beam with her leg and pulling herself back up. She was seventh (13.633).

Despite a smooth routine with just one wobble, a hop on a dismount, Raisman's initial score of 14.946 put her a fraction of a point behind Ponor and apparently off the podium.

As the crowd booed, seemingly recognizing that she had been misjudged, her coach, Mihai Brestyan,, filed an immediate appeal, requesting a review of her score.

When her new score was announced,the crowd roared.

The medal is Raisman's second in London, having been the anchor during a gold-medal performance in the team victory.

10:31: Raisman wins the bronze. The judges adjust her score in degree of difficulty after an inquiry, and she wins a tiebreaker with Romania's Catalina Ponor.

Despite a solid routine with just one wobble, Raisman finished fourth behind the two Chinese and one-tenth of a point behind Ponor. Her coach, Mihai Brestyanm filed an appeal, however, requesting a review of her score. If her placement stood, it would be the second fourth-place finish for the Needham, Mass. native, who also missed the stand in the all-around.

After reviewing Raisman's routine, the judges awarded her third place on a tiebreaker ahead of Ponor. It was a reversal of the all-around, where Raisman finished behind Russia's Aliya Mustafina on a tiebreaker,

10:24: She won't. Despite what looked like a smooth routine other than a hop on the landing, Aly Raisman ends up with a 14.900, which is good for fourth at the moment. Raisman's coach is filing an inquiry.

If it stands, China's Deng Linlin gets gold (15.600), China's Sui Lu the silver, and Romania's Catalina Ponor takes the bronze. Stay tuned.

10:24: Smooth routine for Raisman, save for a hop at the end. She's staring down the scoreboard. Will she medal?

10:18: Russia's Victoria Komova falls twice -- 13.100. It's Deng, Su, and Ponor in the top three right now, with the beam taking its toll. With Komova coming off the beam and then falling on her backside, Raisman is well positioned for the podium, needing just a 15.067.

10:17: By the time Douglas got her turn, the new leader was Deng with a 15.600, with Sui in second. When Russia's Kseniia Afanaseva wobbled and then took a big step backwards on her dismount for a 14.583, the bronze, at least, was in play, But Douglas, who'd been last in Monday's uneven bars, had an unfortunate outing, losing her balance with her right leg at a 90-degree angle and then coming off the apparatus, hanging on from underneath. Her 13.633, which put her last, marked an unfortunate end to what had been a magnificent Games with team and all-around golds.

10:16: Douglas scores a 13.600. No third medal for the all-around champ. The door is open for Raisman.

10:12: Douglas falls on a split jump, catching herself with both hands and hooking her leg around the beam.

10:06: After three gymnasts, China's Deng Linlin leads with a 15.6, with teammate Sui Lui second at 15.5 and Romania's Catalina Ponor third (15.066). Douglas will be the fifth to go.

Sui, up first, set the benchmark. Then Ponor, the Athens victor who was plucked out of retirement to reinforce a young Romanian squad, had a rough re-entry, nearly falling twice and scoring a 15.066 that figured to keep her off the podium. When her teammate Larisa Iordache did fall and was hung with a 14.200, that opened the door for the Americans, who were 1-2 in Beijing with Shawn Johnson and Nastia Liukin.

9:53 a.m. The gymnasts competing in the balance beam are being introduced to the crowd. Raisman will go last.

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LONDON -- The first event of the final day of gymnastics has just wrapped up here at North Greenwich Arena. As expected, Feng Zhe of China won the gold in men's parallel bars with a score of 15.966. Marcel Nguyen of Germany (15.800) took silver, while France's Hamilton Sabot (15.566) won the bronze.

China won the men's parallel bars event for the third time in four Games. Feng had the top score on difficulty (7.000) and had an 8.966 in execution.

The US, which hadn't won a medal since Jair Lynch's silver in 1996, had no representative after world champion Danell Leyva failed to qualify.

Next up is women's balance beam where the Chinese world champion Sui Lu was favored. With global bronze medalist Jordyn Wieber not making the final, the US hopes rode with all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas and Aly Raisman, who was fourth last year.

Douglas qualified third in the event, while Raisman was fifth.

Stay right here for further updates throughout today's remaining events.

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