**Spoiler Alert – If you have not yet watched the finals for the Women’s Gymnastics individual vaulting Olympic competition and do NOT wish to the know the results yet, stop reading now, for those who wish to know how the event turned out, keep reading**
This morning was another shock of the reality that NOTHING is certain when it comes to the winners in women’s gymnastics. Today was the individual event for women’s uneven bars and Team USA’s Gabby Douglas would be competing for her third gold medal at these London 2012 Olympics.
The Uneven Bars is where Douglas shines, but compared to the likes of Russia’s Aliya Mustafina and Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle, the question is would she be able to hold her own and get some kind of medal.
China’s He Kexin went first and offered up a solid routine and got a score of 15.9 after a few form breaks and a small hop on the landing. Next up was Russia’s Viktoria Komova (who took silver in the all-round) who looked to have a near flawless routine until hitting her feet on the lower bar, that error gave her a low score of 15.6. After a few low scores from Germany and China, Great Britain’s own Beth Tweddle proved she was in it to win it. Tweddle had a solid routine with lots of good connecting skills but took a few steps on the dismount, but landed in second with a 15.916.
Russia’s Mustafina proved why the uneven bars are hers when she did a rock solid routine that got her a score of 16.1, this would move her into first place, when He down to second and Tweddle down to third.
Gabby Douglas proved why she is called “The Flying Squirrel” was her releases got major height, but for the first time in these Olympic games we saw an error from Douglas. Gabby had a small form break when she stalled on the high bar and went the wrong way on her piked stalder full, she finished up with a step-out on her dismount. This routine put Gabby Douglas in 8th place with a low score of 14.9. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the gold, China’s He Kexin the silver, and Great Britain’s Beth Tweddle took home her first Olympic medal, the bronze.
Tomorrow, Artistic Gymnastics will wrap up with the finals for both Floor Exercise and Beam for the women. Tune into NBC primetime or watch all the events live on NBCOlympics.com
London 2012 Womens Gymnastics Individual Uneven Bars Final
[photos via NBC Olympics]