American McKayla Maroney Shocked In Women's Vault, Settles For Silver Medal

In what can best be described as a shocking result, American McKayla Maroney fell on her second attempt in vault and had to settle for a silver medal. Men's floor routine and pommel horse were also decided on Sunday.

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American McKayla Maroney Wins Silver In Vault, Shocked By Sandra Izbasa

The gold medal finals in the individual gymnastics disciplines are underway on Sunday at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. There was a big upset in the finals for the women's vault, as United States gymnast McKayla Maroney -- who was a favorite in the event and ahead on points with one vault left to go -- fell on her second attempt and, as a result, ceded the gold medal to Sandra Raluca Izbasa of Romania.

Maroney stumbled on her landing and sat down, resulting in a huge loss of points, dropping her behind Izbasa and into second place, where she would have to settle for silver. It was a very rare flub for Maroney, who falls on landings so infrequently that longtime observers couldn't remember the last time it had happened.

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Also of note was that Oksana Chusovitina -- who was a gold medalist in team gymnastics way back at Barcelona, in 1992 -- competed in the event. She is 37 and still going strong in her sixth Olympic games -- the first female gymnast to ever do so. She finished in fifth place in Sunday's vault.

Maria Paseka of Russia took home the bronze medal in the event.

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China's Zou Kai Wins Men's Floor Exercise Gold

Zou Kai had a repeat victory in the floor exercise on Sunday, after getting one of his three golds in Beijing four years ago in the event.

Zou earned gold with the Chinese men's team earlier in the 2012 Olympics, but made his name in 2008 by winning golds in the floor and high bar in addition to a team win. He was able to impress individually again in the floor exercise, attempting the routine with the second-highest difficulty level of any of the eight finalists and executing it well enough to score a 15.933 and earn gold. He's also a favorite to repeat in the high bar.

In second place, Japan's Kohei Uchimura and Russia's Denis Ablyazin tied at 15.800, but Uchimura was awarded silver while Ablyazin took the bronze.

America's Jake Dalton participated in the event and scored a 15.333 to finish fifth.

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