Romanian gymnast Sandra Izbasa won the Olympic gold medal on vault today after the event favorite McKayla Maroney of the U.S. fell on her second attempt.
It was the second career gold medal for the Romanian, who won the floor exercise at the Beijing Olympics. Izbasa finished with an average of 15.191.
Maroney did well on her first effort with a score of 15.866. However, she got only a 14.300 on her second, according to CNN.com
Here are the results for the women's individual vault competition
Gold: Sandra Izabasa
Silver: Mc Kayla Maroney
Bronze: Maria Paseka
Mc Kayla Maroney’s failure to win a medal was a shock since she won the word title last year and posted the highest qualifying score in London according to an Associated Press report today.
"Maroney appeared to land her second vault on her heels, and her legs quickly skidded out from under her. The crowd gasped as she plopped to the mat, and her score of 14.3 gave her an avearge of 15.083. Izbasa finished with an average of 15.191," according to the report from the Associated Press.
"I'm really disappointed with myself," Maroney said in a CNN online report, "I fell on the second vault, and I don't think I've ever even fallen in warmup here at all. It's a big shock, and it's really sad."
Zou Kai wins gold in Men's gymnastics competition on Sunday
Zou Kai won his fifth career Olympic gold medal Sunday. Zou defended his title on floor exercise. He already had one gold from China's victory in the men's team competition last week. Zou also has three more from the Beijing Games.
The Chinese gymnast now has an opportunity "to duplicate his Beijing three-peat on Tuesday, when he tries to defend his Olympic title on high bar," accoriding to the Associated Press report.
All-around champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan won the silver medal and Russia's Denis Ablyazin took bronze. The two finished with the same score of 15.8.
However, Uchimura got the silver because of a higher execution score. American Jake Dalton finished fifth.