Despite the loss of Beijing Olympic captain Alicia Sacramone the United States women’s gymnastics team managed to win their third world gymnastics title on Tuesday with a final score of 179.411 points, a full four points ahead of last year’s championship winners Russia.
After the gold medal was already decided the Russians showed poise with their second place finish applauding the American’s for their floor exercise.
Speaking about the victory national team coordinator Martha Karolyi said:
“I was hoping for it, but I could not be 100 percent sure because there were so many newcomers,” while adding “These girls were standing up very confident, very powerful out there.”
Sacramone who had surgery on Monday to repair a torn Achilles tendon received a medal for her part in the teams success, the medal is the 10th for the gymnast, allowing her to break the American record she previously held with Shannon Miller ans Nastia Liukin.
On her Twitter feed Sacramone wrote:
“Words can’t describe how proud I am of all of you!”
According to ESPN:
The Russians ended all suspense, however, when Viktoria Komova melted down. She couldn’t hang on after a series of back handsprings and fell off the balance beam, then stumbled backward after under-rotating her opening pass on floor exercise.
Did you watch the U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team win this years world championships? If so did you think they deserved the gold medal finish?