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Gymnastics at the 2008 Beijing Summer Games:

Women's Balance Beam

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Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): National Indoor Stadium, , Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 19, 2008

Gold: USA Shawn Johnson
Silver: USA Nastia Liukin
Bronze: CHN Cheng Fei

Summary

The format was the same as it had been from 1984-2004, with eight gymnasts advancing from the team all-around, but no more than two per nation. The top 11 places in qualifying went to gymnasts from China, Russia, and the United States, but the two per nation rule allowed the 12th and 13th finishers, Romanian Gabriela Drăgoi and Japan’s Koko Tsurumi, respectively, to advance to the final. The leading qualifier had been China’s [Li Shanshan], who placed sixth in the final. The favorite was American Nastia Liukin, the 2005 and 2007 World Champion, who had already won the individual all-around in Beijing. Liukin performed well in the final, scoring 16.025 but her teammate, Shawn Johnson, 2007 World all-around champion, defeated her with 16.225 to win gold. Drăgoi and Tsurumi placed fifth and eighth in the final.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Shawn Johnson 16 United States USA Gold
2 Nastia Liukin 18 United States USA Silver
3 Cheng Fei 20 China CHN Bronze
4 Anna Pavlova 20 Russia RUS
5 Gabriela Drăgoi 15 Romania ROU
6 Li Shanshan 16 China CHN
7 Kseniya Afanasyeva 16 Russia RUS
8 Koko Tsurumi 15 Japan JPN
4 QR Alicia Sacramone 20 United States USA
8 QR Kseniya Semyonova 15 Russia RUS
9 QR Deng Linlin 16 China CHN
10 QR Bridget Sloan 16 United States USA
11 QR Yang Yilin 15 China CHN
14 QR Shona Morgan 17 Australia AUS
15 QR Jiang Yuyuan 16 China CHN
16 QR Sandra Izbașa 18 Romania ROU
17 QR Ana Tămârjan 17 Romania ROU
18 QR Lia Parolari 18 Italy ITA
19 QR Alina Kozich 20 Ukraine UKR
20 QR Elyse Hopfner-Hibbs 18 Canada CAN
21 QR Kristýna Palešová 17 Czech Republic CZE
22 QR Steliana Nistor 18 Romania ROU
23 QR Yuko Shintake 17 Japan JPN
24 QR Georgia Bonora 18 Australia AUS
25 QR Iryna Krasnianska 20 Ukraine UKR
26 QR Laetitia Dugain 15 France FRA
27 QR Dar'ia Zhoba 18 Ukraine UKR
28 QR Mayu Kuroda 19 Japan JPN
29 QR Marine Petit 15 France FRA
30 QR Gaëlle Mys 16 Belgium BEL
31 QR Vanessa Ferrari 17 Italy ITA
32 QR Jade Barbosa 17 Brazil BRA
33 QR Ariella Kaeslin 20 Switzerland SUI
34 QR Maryna Proskurina 22 Ukraine UKR
35 QR Marine Debauve 19 France FRA
36 QR Yekaterina Kramarenko 17 Russia RUS
37 QR Lyudmila Yezhova-Grebenkova 26 Russia RUS
38 QR Miki Uemura 22 Japan JPN
39 QR Rebecca Wing 16 Great Britain GBR
40 QR Katheleen Lindor 18 France FRA
41 QR Stefani Bisbikou 20 Greece GRE
42 QR Ethiene Franco 16 Brazil BRA
43 QR Oksana Chusovitina 33 Germany GER
44 QR Monica Bergamelli 24 Italy ITA
45 QR Hannah Whelan 16 Great Britain GBR
46 QR Marissa King 17 Great Britain GBR
47 QR Kyoko Oshima 22 Japan JPN
48 QR Valentyna Holenkova 16 Ukraine UKR
49 QR Nansy Damianova 17 Canada CAN
50 QR Beckie Downie 16 Great Britain GBR
51 QR Imogen Cairns 19 Great Britain GBR
52 QR Andreea Acatrinei 16 Romania ROU
53 QR Luiza Galiulina 16 Uzbekistan UZB
54 QR Ashleigh Brennan 17 Australia AUS
55 QR Adela Sajn 18 Slovenia SLO
56 QR Lenika De Simone 19 Spain ESP
57 QR Lauren Mitchell 17 Australia AUS
58 QR Katja Abel 25 Germany GER
59 QR Tina Erceg 20 Croatia CRO
60 QR Jessica López 22 Venezuela VEN
61 QR Daniele Hypólito 23 Brazil BRA
62 QR Laura Campos 19 Spain ESP
63 QR Dorina Böczögő 16 Hungary HUN
64 QR Joeline Möbius 15 Germany GER
65 QR Carlotta Giovannini 18 Italy ITA
66 QR Francesca Benolli 18 Italy ITA
67 QR Suzanne Harmes 22 Netherlands NED
68 QR Nathalia Sánchez 16 Colombia COL
69 QR Pauline Morel 16 France FRA
70 QR Anastasiya Marachkovskaya 17 Belarus BLR
71 QR Laís Souza 19 Brazil BRA
72 QR Marta Pihan-Kulesza 21 Poland POL
73 QR Ana Silva 16 Brazil BRA
74 QR Marie-Sophie Hindermann 17 Germany GER
75 QR Jo Hyun-Joo 15 South Korea KOR
76 QR Jelena Zanevskaja 21 Lithuania LTU
77 QR Sherine El-Zeiny 17 Egypt EGY
78 QR Hong Un-Jong 19 North Korea PRK
79 QR Maricela Cantú 17 Mexico MEX
80 QR Dasha Joura 18 Australia AUS
81 QR Ivana Kováčová 16 Slovakia SVK
82 QR Nikolina Tankucheva 22 Bulgaria BUL
83 QR Daria Bijak 22 Germany GER
AC QR Đỗ Thị Ngân Thương 19 Vietnam VIE