Host City: Beijing, China
Venue(s): National Indoor Stadium, , Beijing
Date Started: August 10, 2008
Date Finished: August 17, 2008
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 favorite was China’s [Cheng Fei] who had won the 2005-07 World Championships on vault. She led the qualifying and her first vault scored 16.075 which led American [Alicia Sacramone], who had won medals at those three Worlds, silver in 2006 and bronze in 2005/07, by 0.325 points. However, Cheng lost her balance on her second vault and fell to her knees, dropping down to a bronze medal eventually. The gold went to North Korean [Hong Un-Jong] who posted the highest score in the second round, with 15.750. Sacramone had two steady vaults, but neither spectacular, and missed the podium in fourth place.
Hong led Germany’s [Oksana Chusovitina], who at 33-years-old, was easily the oldest gymnast in Beijing. Chusovitina set a record in 2008 by becoming the first female gymnast to compete at five Olympics, but this was her first for Germany. She had first competed in 1992 as a member of the Unified Team, and then represented her native Uzbekistan from 1996-2004. Chusovitina later settled in Germany while seeking medical treatment for her son Alisher, who had leukemia. She would also compete in 2012, in a record sixth Olympics.
|1||Hong Un-Jong||19||North Korea||PRK||Gold|
|4||Alicia Sacramone||20||United States||USA|
|9 QR||Anastasiya Marachkovskaya||17||Belarus||BLR|
|10 QR||Nansy Damianova||17||Canada||CAN|
|11 QR||Maricela Cantú||17||Mexico||MEX|
|12 QR||Dorina Böczögő||16||Hungary||HUN|
|13 QR||Jelena Zanevskaja||21||Lithuania||LTU|
|14 QR||Tina Erceg||20||Croatia||CRO|
|AC QR||Đỗ Thị Ngân Thương||19||Vietnam||VIE|