Originally posted on The Sports Headquarters  |  Last updated 8/2/12

With the indoor competitions winding down before track and field begins we have one more long weekend of gymnastics in store for you here at TSHQ.

Today was the 2012 Olympic women’s gymnastics all around competition and it was a tight competition, with lots of drama. Gabby Douglas had a pretty good lead through out the competition performing really well all day, but was in a tight race with Viktoria Komova. While the other girls to watch, including our own Aly Raisman bobbled or fell keeping the scores close all morning causing the new tie breaking procedures to be used to determine a medal.

If you don’t want to know who won and want to wait until after the competition airs tonight in the US, then stop reading now.

Aly came in to this event with a lot of pressure to perform well because she was not expected to make the all around finals but she did make it and surely had something to prove. She started out on the vault and did well scoring 15.900. Aly’s second rotation was the uneven bars where she scored a good 14.333 but she tends to struggle with form on this apparatus as she did today. She headed in to the third rotation in fourth place.

Gabby who came in favored to possibly win the all around competition started her day off on vault where she put up a huge score of 15.966. Next it was on to uneven bars where Gabby excels. She needed to put up a big score because right before her Aliya Mustafina of Russia put up a giant score of 16.1. Gabby delivered though scoring a 15.733 which put her in first place heading into the third rotation.

Next the American girls headed to the balance beam. Gabby did great again putting up a 15.5 out performing Viktoria Komova who is known to do well on beam and scored a 15.411. Gabby has certainly shown she can perform solidly and consistently which has been questioned before heading to her final event on floor holding on to first place. And with Aliya Mustafina falling on beam it opened the door for Aly to step up and move up in the rankings but she too struggled not falling but grabbing the beam to prevent a fall and quite a few bobbles which resulted in a score of 14.200. This put her in fifth giving her quite a lot of ground to make up in the final rotation on floor.

Both Gabby and Aly finished on floor, strong areas for both of them. Gabby did wonderfully getting great height. She had a near out of bounds but was able to stay in pulling a score of 15.033 securing her the gold medal ahead of Viktoria Komova of Russia who took silver in the women’s 2012 Olympic all around competition. What a wonderful moment for her and the U.S.

Aly went next showing how powerful she is on the floor flying high and hitting all her landings, scoring 15.133. This left her tied for third with Aliya Mustafina at the end of the competition. With new rules introduce this Olympics a tie breaker is decided by whose ever execution points are higher. Mustafina’s came out to 34.766 and Aly’s at 34.666 meaning Aliya Mustafina took the bronze medal by 0.100 in execution points.

Congratulations to Gabby Douglas, the women’s all around gold medalist who not only was the most consistent of performers throughout the week, but will be the face of US Gymnastics for at least the next four years.  She was fantastic all week and it culminated in a much deserved win.

On a side note, it was upsetting for Aly to be pushed out due to the new tie breaking procedures, but understandable. With the new emphasis on start values, rewarding someone who executes a routine, even if easier to execute, should trump someone who had more mistakes but started with a greater value.

Final standings:

  1. Gabby Douglas, USA 62.232
  2. Viktoria Komova, Rus 61.973
  3. Aliya Mustafina, Rus 59.566
  4. Aly Raisman, USA 59.566
  5. Sandra Izbasa, Rou 58. 833

For the rest of the results check out here.


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