D-Aly Double! American Aly Raisman Wins Gold In Floor, Adds Bronze On Beam

American Aly Raisman won a pair of gymnastics medals Tuesday, winning gold in floor exercise and then adding a bronze on the beam, securing some tie-breaking revenge in the process.

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Aly Raisman Wins Floor Exercise Gold

Aly Raisman ends the London Olympics with the most medals of any American gymnast after capturing gold on the women’s floor exercise.

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Raisman scored a 15.600, winning by four tenths over silver medalist Catalina Ponor of Romania (the same woman she beat out in a tiebreaker on balance beam earlier on Tuesday). Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took bronze, winning a tiebreaker of her own over Italian gymnast Vanessa Ferrari.

Jordyn Wieber finished seventh and ended her London Olympics without any individual medals despite the highest of expectations coming in for the 2011 world champion. Instead it was Raisman winning three medals (gold in team and floor and bronze on beam) and Gabby Douglas leading the charge for the Americans in 2012.

The women’s floor marks the end of the artistic gymnastics competition at the 2012 Olympics. The Chinese team won the most medals with eight, four of them gold. Team USA finished with three golds and six medals overall. Russia’s Mustafina was the most successful individual gymnast, capturing four medals, one gold, one silver and two bronze.

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Epke's Epic Gold: Men's High Bar Won By Netherlands' Zonderland

American Danell Leyva put up a strong score of 15.833, but round after round of incredible performances left him off the medal stand and in fifth place. Not one gymnast broke 16 in the qualification round, but four gymnasts scored over 16 in what was the most impressive individual event final of these Olympics as just about everyone nailed their routine.

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The favorite, Epke Zonderland from the Netherlands, won gold with a score of 16.533 hitting on a routine with a difficulty of 7.9. For an example of how hard it was, take a look at the GIF to the right.

Germany’s Fabian Hambuechen took silver with a 16.400 and 2008 gold medalist China’s Kai Zou claimed the bronze with a 16.366. Incredibly China’s Chenglong Zhang was left off the podium despite a score of 16.266, a score which would have won gold in Beijing.

American Jonathan Horton finished behind countryman Leyva and in sixth place. Disappointingly, Leyva’s bronze in the individual all-around is the only medal the American men managed in London, finishing far below expectations.

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Aly Raisman Wins Gymnastics Bronze In Beam After Inquiry

Aly Raisman won her second medal of the Olympics, but not without some controversy.

Raisman originally finished one-tenth a point behind Romania’s Catalina Ponor, but was not given the difficulty score she expected and as a result the USA coach put in an inquiry with the judges. After review, the judges raised the difficulty level by one tenth to a 6.3, landing her in a tie with Ponor. However, since Aly had the higher execution score she won the tiebreaker and bronze medal. Perhaps this is some sweet justice for Raisman after she lost a tiebreaker for the bronze in the all-around competition to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina. Raisman was clearly thrilled to be on the winning side of a tie this time around.

The other American on beam, Gabby Douglas, fell during her routine and as a result finished seventh among the competitors, ending her hopes for a third medal at these Olympics. It was the 14th routine for Douglas in London.

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The Chinese took gold and silver and finished far above the rest of the gymnasts. Sui Lu, 2011 world champion was first up and set a score that few other gymnasts could match with a 15.500, but her teammate, Deng Linlin, topped it with a 15.600. Both women had an execution score of 9.0, but Linlin, the 2009 beam world champion, had a slightly higher degree of difficulty to her routine.

This marks the end of the London Olympics for Douglas, but we will see Raisman once more later on Tuesday in the floor competition.

For more on the Olympics, check out SB Nation's London 2012 Olympics Hub. For more on Olympic Gymnastics, follow the 2012 Olympic Gymnastics section.

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