Games of the XXX Olympiad
London (GBR), July 27 - August 12, 2012
LONDON (GBR), FIG Office, July 31, 2012: USA vaulted to the lead in the opening moments of the competition and surged through their remaining three apparatus to win their first Olympic Team Gold since Atlanta 1996 in the Women's Artistic Gymnastics Team Final at the North Greenwich Arena on Tuesday.
Gabrielle DOUGLAS (USA) performed energetically on all four apparatus, reinforced by 2011 World All-around Champion Jordyn WIEBER (USA) on three apparatus. Alexandra RAISMAN (USA) and Kyla ROSS (USA) each contributed two sturdy routines to USA's total team score of 183.596 points.
On Vault in the first rotation, Mc Kayla MARONEY (USA) earned the top score of the Final on any apparatus. USA's team total on Vault was nearly two points higher than the other seven finalists on this apparatus.
Russia qualified second to the Final, but their challenge faded on Balance Beam in the third rotation, where Aliya MUSTAFINA (RUS) wobbled and Victoria KOMOVA (RUS) stumbled sideways on her dismount.
Russia fell further behind USA in the last rotation on Floor Exercise, where Anastasia GRISHINA (RUS) crumbled midway through her second tumbling pass and Kseniia AFANASEVA (RUS) crashed on the last skill of her routine. Russia finished second with 178.530 points.
After an average start on Uneven Bars, defending Bronze medallist Romania gradually pulled ahead of Canada and China to place third with 176.414 points.
China, the 2008 Gold medallists, counted DENG Linlin's (CHN) fall on balance beam, followed by HUANG Qiushuang's (CHN) near-miss on balance beam and a fall out of bounds on Floor Exercise. They slipped to fourth place with 174.430 points.
Canada, Great Britain, Italy and Japan followed in fifth through eight place, respectively.
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