Aliya Mustafina

Russia's Aliya Mustafina Wins Uneven Bars, Brazil's Zanetti Gets Surprise Gold In Rings

Individual gymnastics competition continued on Monday, with Brazil's Arthur Zanetti winning a shocking gold in men's rings, Russia's Aliya Mustafina taking uneven bars title and Korea's Hak Seon Yang vaulting to gold.

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Korea's Hak Seon Yang Wins Gold In Men's Vault

American Sam Mikulak fell short of medaling in the men’s vault on Monday, finishing in fifth place. South Korea’s Hak Seon Yang won the gold as expected and was very impressive in doing so. His first vault had a difficulty rating of 7.4, two tenths of a point higher than any other competitor and considered the most difficult vault ever attempted. His second vault was a bit easier (7.0 difficulty -- still quite hard), but he scored even higher as he absolutely drilled it, scoring a 9.6 on his execution (for a 16.6 overall).


Mikulak, who broke both his legs during a meet last year, recovered in time to be able to do this at the Olympics this year, which is impressive in its own right.


Russia’s Denis Ablyazin took home the silver and Igor Radivilov of Ukraine claimed the bronze.

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Aliya Mustafina Wins Uneven Bars, Great Britain's Tweddle Grabs Bronze

All-around individual gold medalist and American darling Gabby Douglas was not able to win her third gold medal on Monday in the women’s uneven bar. Instead, Russian Aliya Mustafina won gold, with China’s Kexin He taking silver and hometown favorite, Britain’s Beth Tweddle, getting the bronze.

Douglas was considered a possibility for a medal, but in no way was the favorite, as both the Russian and Chinese gymnasts, as well as Tweddle, are particularly strong on bars. All five of those competitors put up strong routines, but Mustafina won with a score of 16.133, with a 9.133 on execution of a routine with a 7.0 difficulty and absolutely killed it on her landing.


Douglas, who had a routine with only a 6.3 difficulty, finished in last place of the eight finalists with a score of 14.900 despite a strong dismount of her own.


Mustafina is a bit of a surprise winner, coming off a torn ACL she suffered in 2011, but she appears to have recovered to her 2010 form, when she took gold in the individual all-around at the world championships. Tweddle’s bronze medal, meanwhile, is the first medal for Great Britain in women’s gymnastics since a bronze in the 1928 team all-around event.

Douglas will have one more chance to medal when she competes in the balance beam final on Tuesday.

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Brazil's Arthur Zanetti Wins Men's Rings In Massive Upset

China's Chen Yibing was the overwhelming favorite to take gold in the men's rings, but instead, Arthur Zanetti earned the first gymnastics medal in Brazil's history by besting Chen by just a tenth of a point.

Zanetti wasn't the last person in the world one would expect to medal: although he didn't compete in the all-around portion of the gymnastics competition, his routine on rings in qualifications was fourth of any competitor. He'd also won silver at the 2011 World Championships and 2011 Pan-American games. But Chen was a four-time defending world champion and had won the gold on the rings in 2008. You can't get a much bigger favorite to win an event in anything.

But with their routines in the books, Zanetti had performed the better routine. Each gymnast attempted sets with the same difficulty level and therefore maximum score, but Zanetti's 15.9 edged Chen's 15.8, giving his nation its first gymnastics medal of any type -- let alone gold.

Here's the medal podium in the event:

Gold: Arthur Zanetti, Brazil

Silver: Chen Yibing, China

Bronze: Matteo Morandi, Italy

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