The “Fab Five,” led by Gabby Douglas and Jordyn Wieber, snatched the team Olympic gold on Tuesday for the first time in 16 years.
With a great start on the vault, the confident Americans concluded the day with the spectacular floor routine of Aly Raisman, who was already crying happy tears before finishing her exercise that earned her 15.300 points.
Wieber worked the vault, floor and uneven bars, while Douglas participated in each rotation. Raisman also performed on the beam with Kyla Ross, who worked the uneven bars as well. With her 16.233 on vault, McKayla Maroney was the only US gymnast that participated in just one rotation.
As the US main challenger, Russia couldn’t overcome the shocking mistakes Ksenia Afanasieva and Anastasia Grishina made during their floor exercises, and finished the competition on the second place earning a score of 178.530 points.
After leaving North Greenwich Arena in tears on Sunday, when they qualified on the fourth position, the Romanian gymnasts amped up their game and returned to claim a podium spot in the women’s team final.
Cătălina Ponor, Sandra Izbaşa, Diana Chelaru, Diana Bulimar and Larisa Iordache took home the bronze medal with a total score of 176.414 points. The uneven bars proved to be Romanians’ least favourite event, where they finished on the last position out of eight.
Their best individual performances were delivered by Catalina Ponor, with her beam top rank, and Sandra Izbasa, whose impressive floor exercise was awarded a 15.200. A good reason for raising their hopes for more medals in the next individual events.