A HUGE surprise. Especially since many felt she hadn’t truly deserved to qualify to the Final.
The Beam panel was the most criticized in Antwerp, Vault the least.
GNN: First off congratulations on your gold medal on beam. How excited are you?
Aliya Mustafina: Thank you!!!! I am completely amazed and happy. I never expected this, this is amazing! Finally a gold at my weakest event. Must be my greatest glory. …
Gymnastics News Network – Aliya Mustafina: “Gold at my weakest event is my greatest glory!”
Click PLAY or watch her qualifying routine on YouTube.
14.133 = D score : 6.00, E score : 8.133
Click PLAY or watch her Gold medal final routine on YouTube.
14.900 = 6.0, 8.900
Careful. Smart. … Not one of the great Gold medal routines of history, however.
Aliya did seem to get stronger and stronger as the meet progressed.
related – Never shy Carlotta Ferlito was unhappy with the Beam judging, as well.
Watch the entire Beam Final.