Event Finals: Day 2
Results from Atlanta:
Men's Vault1st 2nd Avg 1 Alexei Nemov RUS 9.762 9.812 9.787 2 Yeo Hong-Chul KOR 9.837 9.675 9.756 3 Vitaly Scherbo BLR 9.712 9.737 9.724 4 Ivan Ivanov BUL 9.687 9.600 9.643 5 Li Xiaoshuang CHN 9.500 9.787 9.643 6 Alexei Voropaev RUS 9.637 9.600 9.618 7 Igor Korobchinski UKR 9.637 9.500 9.568 8 Ivan Pavlovski BLR 9.612 9.375 9.493
Men's Parallel Bars1 Rustam Sharipov UKR 9.837 2 Jair Lynch USA 9.825 3 Vitaly Scherbo BLR 9.800 4 Zhang Jinjing CHN 9.750 5 Alexei Nemov RUS 9.750 6 Huang Liping CHN 9.737 7 Lee Joo-Hyung KOR 9.687 8 Sergei Charkov RUS 9.650
Men's High Bar1 Andreas Wecker GER 9.850 2 Krasimir Dounev BUL 9.825 3 Vitaly Scherbo BLR 9.800 3 Fan Bin CHN 9.800 3 Alexei Nemov RUS 9.800 6 Alexei Voropaev RUS 9.712 7 Jesus Carballo ESP 9.350 8 Lee Joo-Hyung KOR 8.525
Women's Balance Beam1 Shannon Miller USA 9.862 2 Lilia Podkopayeva UKR 9.825 3 Gina Gogean ROM 9.787 4 Dina Kochetkova RUS 9.737 5 Olga Teslenko UKR 9.625 6 Dominique Moceanu USA 9.125 7 Rozalia Galieva RUS 9.112 8 Alexandra Marinescu ROM 8.462
Women's Floor Exercise1 Lilia Podkopayeva UKR 9.887 2 Simona Amanar ROM 9.850 3 Dominique Dawes USA 9.837 4 Dominique Moceanu USA 9.825 5 Dina Kochetkova RUS 9.800 6 Mo Huilan CHN 9.700 7 Gina Gogean ROM 9.662 8 Ji Liya CHN 9.637
Americans were represented and medaled in three different finals: women's beam and floor, and men's parallel bars.
Shannon Miller, our most decorated gymnast in history, capped off her Olympic performance with a gold medal in the balance beam. Her stellar routine, which was executed with absolute confidence, concluded with a full-twisting double back salto. The other beam medalists were Lilia Podkopayeva (UKR) with the silver, and Gina Gogean (ROM) with the bronze. Dominique Moceanu, in her first Olympic event final, missed one foot in her tumbling series on the beam, hit her head, and finished sitting cross-wise on the beam. She recovered well from this error, nailing the rest of her routine.
The two Dominiques of the USA team, Dawes and Moceanu, both qualified to floor finals, with Dawes replacing the top qualifier, Kerri Strug who was injured with her now-famous vault in the team final. Both performed well with Dawes taking the bronze medal and Moceanu in 4th place. The gold medal winner was Podkopayeva with a 9.887, the highest score of the night. She was followed by Simona Amanar for the silver.
Missing the bronze medal on parallel bars in Barcelona by less than .1, Jair Lynch seized his second opportunity, this time nailing his double front salto with a half twist out for a 9.825 and the silver medal. The gold medal winner was Rustam Sharipov (UKR), who executed a very difficult routine with a stuck double pike dismount for 9.837. In third was Vitaly Scherbo, also with a stuck double pike dismount.
The men's vault was won by Russian Alexei Nemov, with Yeo (KOR) and Scherbo taking the silver and bronze. The judges were indecisive on high bar, awarding medals to five gymnasts. The gold was won by Germany's Andreas Wecker, whose Kovacs saltos above the high bar were nearly in the laid out position. The silver went to Krasimir Dounev (BUL), who executed six connected release moves in his set. The bronze was shared by Fan Bin (CHN), Nemov, and Scherbo.
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