US Women Win Third World Team Title
(26 votes, average 3.77 out of 5)
The U.S. women won their third world team title Tuesday evening at the 2011 World Gymnastics Championships in Tokyo, Japan.

The U.S. women, who also won the 2003 and 2007 pre-Olympic worlds, nailed 12 routines to score 179.411, winning the gold medal comfortably over Russia (175.329) and China (172.820).

National champion Jordyn Wieber led the U.S., earning high scores for the team on uneven bars and balance beam. McKayla Maroney earned the highest score of the women's competition so far with her 16.033 on vault. Alexandra Raisman contributed three events, while Sabrina Vega was the lead off gymnast on uneven bars and baalnce beam. Gabrielle Douglas was crucial to the U.S. effort on uneven bars, scoring 14.733.

Russia, the defending champion, failed to go for broke on vault, playing it safe with double-twisting Yurchenkos from Viktoria Komova and Tatiana Nabiyeva. Komova notched 15.566 on uneven bars, but fell off balance beam and nearly sat down her first pass on floor exercise. European champion Anna Dementyeva, who had been sick with 103-degree fever just prior to the competition, contributed well on two events.

China had several notable misses, including a fall on uneven bars from Huang Qiushuang in the first rotation. National champion Tan Sixin failed to deliver, falling off balance beam (13.966) and on floor exercise for the lowest score of the meet (12.066). Sui Lu countered that with top score of the competition so far on balance beam, scoring 15.666 for a brilliant performance. The team ended well on vault to hold onto the bronze.

Ana Porgras and Catalina Ponor led Romania (172.412), which repeated its fourth place from 2010. The team was consistent but swallowed scores 12.966 from Raluca Haidu and 13.000 from Amelia Racea on uneven bars in the first rotation.

Beth Tweddle had the high score on uneven bars, scoring 15.666 to help Great Britain place fifth with 169.670.

Germany (168.479), Japan (167.122) and Australia (166.439) rounded out the rankings.

Competition continues Wednesday evening with the men's team final.

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Anon said:

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Way to go girls! The rest of the world is swimming in your wake. Russia and Romania were both a fumbling mess of nerves. You can say what you want about Americans being "robots," but the truth is that they ran away from the competition on all fronts.
 
October 11, 2011
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AndreaU88 said:

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Pure Luck
...Well congrats to the US Girls, they deserve it - while for Marta, it was "pure luck" that she didn't break anyone else and that Russia was conservative. Why is she still in power? She overtrains the team, makes bizarre choices (Thank god Anna Li got a medal - she should of been on the freaking team!!)
 
October 11, 2011
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Margaret Tudor said:

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GO USA!!
YEAH!! GO TEAM USA!!! SO VERY VERY PROUD OF Aly, Gabby, Sabrina, Jordyn, and McKayla!! AWESOME job girls! I knew you could do it!! smilies/grin.gif
 
October 11, 2011
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rara said:

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Why they didn't replace Tan Sixin after COUNTLESS failed performances when it counts astounds me. They should have had Wu Liufang replace her! This is so frustrating, its like the Chinese coaches don't GET that 3 up 3 count requires consistency. Its not like Tan's D scores are THAT much higher than Wu's. Certainly not enough to risk it. SMH.
 
October 11, 2011
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jollybarb said:

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Congratulations team USA and I'm sorry to say it-Congratulations Martha. I am SOOOO happy for the girls! I think Martha should go with a similar team next year-I love the artistic integrity of this team...But look at the power of Maroney and Wieber-Both girls are the perfect combination of power, technique, grace and style...I have now started praying that the Olympic team is selected based on those qualities..., Please? Do we need divine intervention for this? Lol.
 
October 11, 2011
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Hobbes said:

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Did Anna or Alicia receive gold medals too inspite of their injuries?
 
October 11, 2011
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Anon said:

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Yes. Both Anna and Alicia received medals, even though neither competed.
 
October 11, 2011
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juez2.0 said:

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russia poor
go mustafina go komova go sidorova and grishina go paseka the olimpic team 2012
the us team wow congratulations smilies/smiley.gif
 
October 11, 2011
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Gaurav said:

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Wow!
I was amazed by the shere determination of the US team; although the Russians are my favourite as they have much better style, USA were totally dominant. I would suggest this is one of the best team victories in gymnastics history. Well done!

Gaurav
 
October 12, 2011
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drags said:

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So gutted for Romanians and their "loss" of bronze medal (although realistically Chinese deserved it more) but I was really hoping they would finally get the world team medal.
Next year, with Izbasa and Iordache - they really have a good shot to win a team bronze (possibly even better that that if other teams make errors).

Congrats to team USA, they truly deserved the title!
 
October 13, 2011
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