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Gymnastics at the 2012 London Summer Games:

Women's Balance Beam

Gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: London, Great Britain
Venue(s): North Greenwich Arena, Greenwich, London
Date Started: July 29, 2012
Date Finished: August 6, 2012

Gold: CHN Deng Linlin
Silver: CHN Sui Lu
Bronze: USA Aly Raisman

Summary

Sui Lu of China was the reigning World and Asian Games Champion and a favorite to continue her streak in the women’s balance beam at the 2012 Summer Olympics. Her closest challenger was probably her compatriot Deng Linlin, 2009 World Champion and runner-up at both the 2010 World Championships and the 2010 Asian Games. The reigning European Champion was Cătălina Ponor of Romania, who had also won the title from 2004 through 2006 and was a three time Olympic gold medalist from the 2004 Games (including the balance beam). Her compatriot Larisa Iordache was also a contender, having come in second at the most recent European Championships. Many eyes were also on the Americans as potential podium finishers, after they won gold at silver at the 2008 Olympics.

Sui finished first in the qualifying rounds, bolstering her status as a favorite to win the gold medal. Viktoriya Komova of Russia, the reigning World and European Champion in the uneven bars, finished a surprising second in the event, tied in score with American Gabby Douglas. Deng finished in fourth, Ponor in seventh, and Iordache in eleventh, but Diana Boulimar, who finished eighth, fell from the beam and injured herself, which gave her spot to team reserve Iordache. In the final Sui went first and set the bar with a score of 15.500 after an excellent routine of high difficulty. Ponor went next and finished nearly half a point behind, after several mistakes, at 15.066. After a fantastic routine by Deng, with an even higher difficulty than Sui’s, the reigning World Champion was bumped down on the podium and it seemed as if Ponor was all but out of medal contention. After falls form Iordache, Douglas, Komova, and a low-difficulty routine from Kseniya Afanasyeva of Russia, however, Ponor remained in third place with only one gymnast remaining, Aly Raisman of the United States. Raisman completed her routine and initially received a score of 14.966, just below Ponor. Her coach appealed the difficulty score of 6.200, however, which seemed far too low for what she had performed. He was successful in this attempt, raising the difficulty by 0.1, which was sufficient to tie her with Ponor. By virtue of Raisman’s superior execution points, the appeal gave her the final podium spot, ending a gymnastics event in somewhat controversial circumstances for the second time in the Games.

Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Deng Linlin 20 China CHN Gold
2 Sui Lu 20 China CHN Silver
3 Aly Raisman 18 United States USA Bronze
4 Cătălina Ponor 24 Romania ROU
5 Kseniya Afanasyeva 20 Russia RUS
6 Larisa Iordache 16 Romania ROU
7 Gabby Douglas 16 United States USA
8 Viktoriya Komova 17 Russia RUS
6 r1/2 Kyla Ross 15 United States USA
9 r1/2 Anastasiya Grishina 16 Russia RUS
10 r1/2 Diana Bulimar 16 Romania ROU
12T r1/2 Aliya Mustafina 17 Russia RUS
12T r1/2 Jordyn Wieber 17 United States USA
14 r1/2 Sandra Izbașa 22 Romania ROU
15 r1/2 Asuka Teramoto 16 Japan JPN
16 r1/2 Vanessa Ferrari 21 Italy ITA
17 r1/2 Carlotta Ferlito 17 Italy ITA
18 r1/2 Vasiliki Millousi 28 Greece GRE
19 r1/2 Ana Gómez 16 Guatemala GUA
20 r1/2 Lauren Mitchell 21 Australia AUS
21 r1/2 Youna Dufournet 18 France FRA
22 r1/2 Yuko Shintake 21 Japan JPN
23 r1/2 Daniele Hypólito 27 Brazil BRA
24 r1/2 Yu Minobe 22 Japan JPN
25 r1/2 Céline van Gerner 17 Netherlands NED
26 r1/2 Ellie Black 16 Canada CAN
27 r1/2 Jessica López 26 Venezuela VEN
28 r1/2 Huang Qiushuang 20 China CHN
29 r1/2 Giulia Steingruber 18 Switzerland SUI
30 r1/2 Gaëlle Mys 20 Belgium BEL
31 r1/2 Oksana Chusovitina 37 Germany GER
32 r1/2 Aurelie Malaussena 18 France FRA
33 r1/2 Emily Little 18 Australia AUS
34 r1/2 Dominique Pegg 18 Canada CAN
35 r1/2 Anastasiya Marachkovskaya 21 Belarus BLR
36 r1/2 Rie Tanaka 25 Japan JPN
37 r1/2 Imogen Cairns 23 Great Britain GBR
38 r1/2 Elisabetta Preziosa 18 Italy ITA
39 r1/2 Rebecca Tunney 15 Great Britain GBR
40 r1/2 Lorena Quiñónes 15 Puerto Rico PUR
41 r1/2 Jennifer Pinches 18 Great Britain GBR
42 r1/2 Salma El-Said 20 Egypt EGY
43T r1/2 Georgia Bonora 22 Australia AUS
43T r1/2 Ashleigh Brennan 21 Australia AUS
43T r1/2 Hannah Whelan 20 Great Britain GBR
46 r1/2 Lim Heem Wei 23 Singapore SIN
47 r1/2 Saša Golob 20 Slovenia SLO
48 r1/2 Ethiene Franco 20 Brazil BRA
49 r1/2 Mira Boumejmajen 17 France FRA
50 r1/2 Nadine Jarosch 17 Germany GER
51 r1/2 Yao Jinnan 17 China CHN
52 r1/2 Bruna Leal 19 Brazil BRA
53 r1/2 Sherine El-Zeiny 21 Egypt EGY
54 r1/2 Elisabeth Seitz 18 Germany GER
55 r1/2 Anne Kuhm 15 France FRA
56 r1/2 Kim Bui 23 Germany GER
57 r1/2 Simona Castro 23 Chile CHI
58 r1/2 Elsa Rodríguez 22 Mexico MEX
59 r1/2 Zoi Lima 20 Portugal POR
60 r1/2 Tina Erceg 24 Croatia CRO
61 r1/2 Jessica Gil 21 Colombia COL
62 r1/2 Erika Fasana 16 Italy ITA
63 r1/2 Jonna Adlerteg 17 Sweden SWE
64 r1/2 Marta Pihan-Kulesza 25 Poland POL
65 r1/2 Ralitsa Mileva 18 Bulgaria BUL
66 r1/2 Nataliya Kononenko 17 Ukraine UKR
67 r1/2 Harumy de Freitas 17 Brazil BRA
68 r1/2 Barbara Gasser 22 Austria AUT
69 r1/2 Ana María Izurieta 19 Spain ESP
70 r1/2 Đỗ Thị Ngân Thương 23 Vietnam VIE
71 r1/2 Laura Švilpaitė 18 Lithuania LTU
72 r1/2 Mária Homolová 24 Slovakia SVK
73 r1/2 Dorina Böczögő 20 Hungary HUN
74 r1/2 Moldir Azimbay 16 Kazakhstan KAZ
75 r1/2 Angel Wong 25 Hong Kong HKG
76 r1/2 Heo Seon-Mi 17 South Korea KOR
77 r1/2 Göksu Üçtaş 21 Turkey TUR
78 r1/2 Kristina Vaculik 20 Canada CAN
79 r1/2 Victoria Moors 15 Canada CAN
80 r1/2 Annika Urvikko 21 Finland FIN
81 r1/2 Valeria Pereyra 16 Argentina ARG
82 r1/2 Valeriia Maksiuta 24 Israel ISR
83 r1/2 Kristýna Palešová 21 Czech Republic CZE