Last Strange But True post, we wrote about how Sandra Izbasa scored higher than Russia's Aliya Mustafina on three of the four events during the all around competition at London Olympics, yet Sandra finished out of the podium in fifth place while Aliya took home a bronze medal.

In this post we are going to write about how the same exact thing happened to Russia's Anna Pavlova who finished in seventh place and China's Yang Yilin who won bronze four years earlier at Beijing Olympics.

Pavlova and Yilin both had the same vaults, a double twisting Yurchenko. Pavlova who is the 2004 Olympic bronze medalist on the event, scored higher than Yilin by one tenth of a point.

Just like Mustafina, Yilin had the highest score in that night on uneven bars, a 16.725. Pavlova on the other hand received a mediocre score of 14.525. 

It is worth to mention that the difference between Yilin's and Pavlova's uneven bars scores is exactly the same as Izbasa's and Mustafina's, which was 2.2 points, and as well as the difference between their vault scores which was 0.1.

On balance beam, the Russian gymnast received a higher score than the Chinese gymnast by 0.225. While on floor exercise, the first scored higher than the second by a small margin of 0.050.

Their overall scores were 62.650 and 60.825

ApparatusYilinPavlovaDifference
Vault15.175 (4)15.275 (3)0.100
Bars16.725 (1)14.525 (17)2.200
Beam15.750 (5)15.975 (3)0.225
Floor15.000 (5)15.050 (4)0.050


The comparison between the difference of scores of both finals.


ApparatusYilin/PavMust/Izb
Vault0.10.1
Bars2.22.2
Beam0.2250.767
Floor0.0500.600


The comparison between the apparatus placements of Mustafina and Yilin


ApparatusMustafinaYilin
Vault        5       4
Bars        1       1
Beam       18       5
Floor       6       5


The comparison between the apparatus placements between Izbasa and Pavlova.


ApparatusIzbasaPavlova
Vault    4     3
Bars   17     17
Beam    7     3
Floor    1     4


Izbasa and Pavlova both had the highest seventeenth score on bars during the competition.

The difference between the total scores: Izbasa/Mustafina 0.733, Yilin/Pavlova 2.558.

Pavlova also scored on three out of four events higher than fourth placer teammate Ksenia Semenova, fifth placer Steliana Nistor of Romania and sixth placer Jiang Yuyuan of China.


Totally Strange But True

-Yilin and Mustafina had the highest score on uneven bars in that night.
-Izbasa and Pavlova were both competing in their second Olympics.
-Yilin and Mustafina were both competing in their first Olympics.
-The difference of scores between Mustafina and Izbasa on vault is exactly the same as Yilin's and Pavlova's.
-The difference of scores between Mustafina and Izbasa on bars is exactly the same as Yilin's and Pavlova's.
-Izbasa and Pavlova both had the highest seventeenth score on bars.
-Both Yilin and Mustafina went on to win their third Olympic medal on uneven bars during the event final.
-Both Izbasa and Pavlova qualified to the vault and floor event final.


Written by Gigi Khazback Farid 

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