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Aly Raisman didn't put together a masterful performance in the women's all-around, but she didn't deserve to be left medal-less, either.
Raisman's final score of 59.566 was identical to that of Russia's Aliya Mustafina. But, due to a rule that the IOC implemented in 1997 for tie-breaking scenarios, she was denied.
According to NBCOlympics.com, here is the rule:
Should there be ties in the team finals in London, the lowest apparatus score will be dropped and the remaining scores added. If that doesn't break the tie, additional apparatus scores will be dropped, one at a time, until there is a winner. If no winner emerges, the tie stands.
This seems like a reasonable solution at face value, but when you take a look at the way things went down on Day 6, it's far from reasonable.
Mustafina took a fall during her balance-beam routine, resulting in a horrible score of 13.366—the 18th-ranked score out of the 24 total contestants in the all-around. Raisman's score of 14.200 in the same event was her lowest score and Mustafina ended with sole possession of third.
It doesn't get more disappointing than that.