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Aly Raisman finally gets (tie) break, wins beam bronze

By Nancy Armour

Associated Press

Published: Tuesday, Aug. 7 2012 9:21 a.m. MDT

LONDON — Aly Raisman finally caught a break.

Five days after a tiebreak cost Raisman an all-around medal, she won a bronze medal on balance beam Tuesday because of it.

Raisman questioned her score after initially finishing fourth, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine's difficulty after reviewing it. That gave her and Catalina Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze and Ponor got bumped because the American's execution score was higher.

Big grins spread across Raisman's face and that of her coach, Mihai Brestyan, when the revision was announced, and she couldn't stop smiling as she climbed onto the medals podium. The captain of the Fierce Five now has two medals, and a chance to add a third later Tuesday on floor exercise.

Deng Linlin won the gold on balance beam, upstaging teammate and reigning world champion Sui Lu. It was the second gold of the day for the Chinese, following Feng Zhe's title on parallel bars.

Gabby Douglas, meanwhile, failed to add to her medal haul, finishing seventh on balance beam after a fall. Still, she'll leave the London Olympics with two gold medals, including the all-around title, gymnastics' biggest prize.

Douglas' life has been a whirlwind since she won the all-around title last week, with media wanting a piece of her and celebs flooding her Twitter timeline, eager to be her new BFF. Oh, there was training to fit in, too, with finals on both uneven bars and balance beam. She admitted after Monday's lackluster showing on bars — she was last — that the emotion and exhaustion had caught up with her.

But it wasn't a lack of energy that cost her Tuesday — it was a misplaced foot. Her right foot could only brush the beam as she landed on a leap, and she had no chance to save herself. As the crowd gasped, she fell onto the beam in a straddle, hanging on tight as she swung partly underneath.

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