Aly Raisman Falls Just Short in Finals

Loses Bronze in Confusing End; Gabby Douglas Wins Gold

Aly’s Effort: Gymnast Alexandra Raisman watches nervously along with teammate Gabby Douglas during the individual women’s gymnastics medal round at the Olympics.
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Aly’s Effort: Gymnast Alexandra Raisman watches nervously along with teammate Gabby Douglas during the individual women’s gymnastics medal round at the Olympics.

By Hannah Rubin

Published August 02, 2012.
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Aly Raisman fell just short of winning a medal in the women’s gymnastics competition at the Olympics after losing a tiebreaker and finishing in fourth place.

American Gabby Douglas won the gold. Sixteen-year-old Douglas took the Olympic Games by storm on when she won the all-around gold medal ahead of Russian Victoria Komova.

“I feel sad,” said Raisman, who maintained her composure even during a chaotic conclusion. “I was so close.”

Komova was reduced to tears for the second time in three days when Douglas pipped her to the title by 0.259 of a point after producing the day’s best performances on the vault and the beam.

Aliya Mustafina, who with Komova took team silver behind the Americans on Tuesday, clung on for bronze despite a fall from the beam. She and Raisman finished with the same total but the Russian won the medal on the tiebreak rule.

Despite trailing behind at fourth and fifth place throughout this afternoons individual all-around competition, Aly Raisman was almost able to nab a spot on the medal podium, tying with Russian competitor Aliya Mustafina for bronze.

When two gymnasts tie in a final event, the execution score serves as the tie breaker — and Mustafina’s execution score was higher than Raisman’s today.

It was a confusing and chaotic ending. Even Raisman said she was unsure of who would get the bronze when she saw their scores were identical.


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