Aly Raisman captures gold in the floor routine for her second medal of the day

Alexandra Raisman of the United States waves to the crowd after winning the gold medal for the Artistic Gymnastics Women’s Beam final on Day 11 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at North Greenwich Arena on August 7, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

LONDON – Barely an hour after needing a protest to win a bronze in the balance beam, American gymnast Aly Raisman won her second medal of the day with a gold in the floor routine.

Raisman performed a near-flawless routine on the floor, perfectly landing several high-spinning moves. When she was done, the sold-out crowd at the North Greenwich Arena roared its approval. Coincidentally, the woman she knocked out of the bronze on the beam – Romania’s Catalina Ponor – finished second with a strong performance of her own that followed Raisman’s. When Ponor received only a 15.200, well below Raisman’s 15.600, the cheers that serenaded Raisman turned to disappointed boos.

For the Olympics, Raisman took three medals, including the team gold last week.

Raisman’s American teammate, Jordyn Wieber, whose Olympics have been a roller coaster, finished seventh. Wieber, who was left out of the all-around competition despite finishing fourth, struggled in her lone event Tuesday with wobbly landings and was given a .100 penalty deduction. She finished with a 14.500 and leaves the Olympics with only the team gold despite high hopes.


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