Judges apparently weren’t fans of the Flying Squirrel.
In the 2012 Olympic women's gymnastics uneven bars final, in the event which earned Gabby Douglas her nickname, she finished dead last. Douglas stuck the landing well, but the judges weren’t impressed with her degree of difficulty. She failed to match Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, who has long awaited a chance at redemption.
Mustafina won gold in the uneven bars final with a jaw-dropping score of 16.133. She fell under the radar prior to the 2012 London Summer Olympics because she didn’t participate in the 2011 World Championships due a torn ACL.
Now that Mustafina is an Olympic champion, she’s finally out of Viktoria Komova’s shadow.
Here are the medal winners and standings as well as a recap of the performances from the household names.
|Bronze||Beth Tweddle||Great Britain||15.916|
Aliya Mustafina ||Russia||16.133|
|2||He Kexin||China ||15.933|
|3||Beth Tweddle ||Great Britain||15.916|
|4||Yao Jinnan ||China ||15.766|
Viktoria Komova ||Russia ||15.666|
|6||Elisabeth Seitz ||Germany ||15.266|
|7||Koko Tsurumi||Japan||14.966 |
|8||Gabby Douglas ||USA ||14.900|
Full results can also be found at NBCOlympics.com.
Winner: Aliya Mustafina
Mustafina has always been the forgotten Russian. Viktoria Komova receives all the hype.
Despite recording a 15.7 on the uneven bars in the qualifiers, a 15.7 in the team all-around and a 16.1 in the individual all-around, Mustafina wasn’t projected to medal in the final. After disappointing routines in the team and individual all-around, she silenced her doubters.
Mustafina saved her best performance for the grandest stage. Her score of 16.133 was the best score on the uneven bars by far, and it had the crowd chanting, “A-li-ya, A-li-ya.”
How'd Gabby Douglas Do?
In the qualifiers, Douglas scored a 15.333 on the uneven bars, followed by a 15.2 in the team all-around and a 15.733 in the individual all-around. A difficulty rating of just 6.3 is what cost her a shot at a medal. Comparatively, judges dealt Mustafina a difficulty score of 7.0 and He Kexin a 7.1.
While Douglas failed to medal on Monday, finishing eighth with a score of 14.9, she shouldn’t be the least bit discouraged with her performance.
Douglas sparked Team USA to their first all-around gold medal since 1996—as well as their second ever—and she also won individual all-around gold. In the last 20 years, just one other woman, besides Douglas, has won team and individual all-around gold.
If she had won gold on the uneven bars, Douglas would’ve been the first women since 1964 to win team and individual all-around gold as well as gold in an individual event.
How'd Viktoria Komova Do?
Komova’s disappointing Olympic performance continued on Monday. She entered the Games with the reputation as the second-most talented women’s gymnast in the world behind Team USA’s Jordyn Wieber, but Komova has failed to establish the dominance that many predicted.
She finished fifth in the uneven bars final with a score of 15.666. It marked her worst routine of the competition in the event. Komova recorded a 15.833 on the uneven bars in the qualifiers, a 15.766 in the team all-around and a 15.966 in the individual all-around.
Komova will leave London with plenty of bling—two silvers from the team and individual all-around—but she had the potential for so much more.
David Daniels is a featured columnist at Bleacher Report and a syndicated writer.