Gabby Douglas, the darling of women’s gymnastics at the 2012 Summer Olympics, failed to medal in her first individual event final after taking the women’s individual all-around title earlier in the games. Douglas is definitely the strongest U.S. gymnast on uneven bars, but it’s the weakest apparatus for Team USA and it showed a little during the event final.
Douglas did have a mishap in her routine, faltering on a rotation that then caused her to have to add an element so as to get facing the right way for a transition to the low bar. However, even if she had been flawless, her routine might not have earned her a medal — the degree of difficulty just isn’t there when compared to the top finishers.
Beth Tweddle of Great Britain, who does perhaps the hardest bar routine out of all the women, may have been looking at Britain’s first gymnastics gold medal had she not had a couple steps on her landing. Instead, she took bronze. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina (with a nearly flawless routine and an ice-cold landing) took gold and China’s He Kexin took silver.
Douglas can next be seen on the balance beam finals Tuesday, Aug. 6, alongside teammate Aly Raisman. Raisman also qualified for the floor exercise finals, which are also Tuesday, and so did Jordyn Wieber.