American gymnast Aly Raisman fell short of winning a medal in the individual all-around competition at the 2012 London Olympics on Thursday.
ESPN's Alyssa Roenigk reported the result via Twitter.
Raisman finishes 4th on a tiebreak w/ Mustafina, who took bronze. Komova is silver medalist. And she is in tears. Raisman is expressionless.— Alyssa Roenigk (@ESPN_Alyssa) August 2, 2012
Raisman fell short of placing in the top three after putting on a brilliant show during the qualifying round of the competition.
Her ability to advance to the final came as a surprise to many in the gymnastics world, not because of her lack of talent, but because of the previous dominance shown by her teammates Jordyn Wieber and Gabby Douglas.
The 18-year-old Massachusetts native's qualifying performance was one for the ages. Raisman finished with an impressive score of 60.391, second only to Russia's Victoria Komova. Her teammate, Gabby Douglas, finished third in qualifying by posting a 60.265.
Plenty will be asking whether Jordyn Wieber, who failed to join her two teammates in the individual all-around final despite placing fourth in qualification, would have been able to capitalize on her opportunity to bring home individual gold.
Raisman does not go home empty-handed, though.
The country's newest "Fab Five," made up of Raisman, Douglas, Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross, took home the gold medal in the team all-around final in dominant fashion.
In one of the more lopsided results that we have seen in recent Olympic competition, the American women clobbered second-place Russia by a whopping 5.066 points to stand atop the podium.
Raisman's dreams were not realized in the individual all-around final, but she will forever be a staple in the annals of United States gymnastics lore after leading her team to the country's first gold medal in women's gymnastics since the "Magnificent Seven" did so in 1996.