London 2012: Deng Linlin 2012 Olympic Beam Champion


Deng Linlin upset team mate and 2011 World Beam Champion Sui Lu to take the gold medal on beam. Of course this beam final was not without drama and surprise. 2004 Olympic Beam Champion Catalina Ponor appeared a little shaky on beam, Gabby Douglas too. Viktoria Komova who was fighting in her last chance to win a gold medal did not succeed, falling twice. Romani’s big gamble of putting in Larisa Iordache for Diana Bulimar for the beam final did not pay off. Iordache had a massive wobble and eventually a costly fall. Aly Raisman took to beam last, performing a confident routine with a few slight balance checks. Raisman was ranked 4th but the USA launched an appeal for an inquiry into her score. The inquiry was accepted, Raisman and Ponor tied for 3rd but with Raisman eventually taking the bronze due to tie breaking rules. It’s not the first time that Raisman has been in this situation, the first time occured during the Women’s AA final when she tied with Mustafina for third, but this time the American prevailed taking the medal.

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