BEIRUT

Olympics

Sandra Izbasa of Romania wins Olympic gold medal in women's vault

  • Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa performs during the women's vault final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO/THOMAS COEX

  • Romania's Sandra Raluca Izbasa cries as she kisses a spectator after winning the women's vault final of the artistic gymnastics event of the London Olympic Games on August 5, 2012 at the 02 North Greenwich Arena in London. AFP PHOTO/THOMAS COEX

LONDON: Romania's Sandra Izbasa upset American favorite McKayla Maroney to strike gold in the women's gymnastics vault final at the Olympics on Sunday.

Maroney had been expected to run away with the gold after she topped qualifying with her near-flawless 2-1/2 twisting Amanar somersault.

After incurring a penalty for stepping out of bounds on her signature vault, the American teenager then looked shell-shocked as she sat down following her second vault, a half-on-straight with full twist.

Despite the mishap, the high difficulty levels of her somersaults had her top of the pile until Izbasa, the final competitor, leapfrogged her with two relatively clean, if not spectacular leaps.

Izbasa earned an average of 15.191 while Maroney was awarded 15.083.

Russia's Maria Paseka picked up the bronze.

 

Recommended

Advertisement

Comments

Your feedback is important to us!

We invite all our readers to share with us their views and comments about this article.

Disclaimer: Comments submitted by third parties on this site are the sole responsibility of the individual(s) whose content is submitted. The Daily Star accepts no responsibility for the content of comment(s), including, without limitation, any error, omission or inaccuracy therein. Please note that your email address will NOT appear on the site.

comments powered by Disqus

Advertisement

FOLLOW THIS ARTICLE

Interested in knowing more about this story?

Click here