Gymnastics gold again for Romania on the women's artistic gymnastics 2008 Beijing Olympics floor final!!
1 382 IZBASA Sandra
Romania 6.500 9.150 15.650
2 411 JOHNSON Shawn
United States 6.400 9.100 15.500
3 412 LIUKIN Nastia
United States 6.200 9.225 15.425
4 323 JIANG Yuyuan
China 6.300 9.050 15.350
5 393 KRAMARENKO Ekaterina
Russian Fed. 6.100 8.925 15.025
6 312 SANTOS Daiane
Brazil 6.400 8.775 -0.200 14.975
7 321 CHENG Fei
China 6.300 8.250 14.550
8 394 PAVLOVA Anna
Russian Fed. 5.800 8.325 14.125
Romania's Sandra Izabasa has been suffering from lower back problems and hasn't been able to practice as much as she wanted, but she sticks her floor ruotine and wins gold. She was the last to perform in this rotation.
(BEIJING, August 17) -- Romania's Sandra Izbasa caused an upset today by winning the gold medal in the Women's Floor Exercise. Izbasa, the last gymnast to perform, scored 15.650.
The United States' Shawn Johnson
and Nastia Liukin
won the silver and bronze medals respectively.
Johnson, who performed first, looked unbeatable when China
's Jiang Yuyan and Liukin could not surpass her score of 15.500.
However, Izbasa stunned the crowd by putting in an excellent performance and winning the gold medal.
Johnson put in a strong performance without any noticeable errors, but Jiang's high-leaping routine looked a chance to beat the 16-year-old American's score. Jiang, however, fell short when the judges gave her a score of 15.350.
Russia's Anna Pavlova continued her terrible day when she made a series of mistakes in her routine. She was given a score of 14.125. Pavlova finished last in the Women's Vault earlier tonight.
China's Cheng Fei
was expected to challenge Johnson for the gold medal, but she made numerous errors in her routine, including a fall. Cheng's score for execution was the worst of all eight competitors and she finished with a total score of 14.550, which was only higher than the hapless Pavlova.
Liukin was once again elegant on the floor, but she just fell short of Johnson with a score of 15.425. In the end, the 18-year-old Izbasa, who finished eighth in the Floor Exercise at the 2007 World Championships, blew the field away with a commanding last performance.