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A Gymnast Loses An All Around World Title By Only 0.001

She didn’t lose it by 0.100 nor by 0.010, it was lost by 0.001. Russian born American gymnast Nastia Liukin made history while compet...

She didn’t lose it by 0.100 nor by 0.010, it was lost by 0.001.

Russian born American gymnast Nastia Liukin made history while competing at the 38th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships but that history was not made in her favor.

The then 16 year old gymnast lost the competition’s most prestigious medal to her compatriot Chellsie Memmel by only 0.001, the smallest margin in the history of World/Olympic all around competitions except for ties.

Liukin outscored Memmel on their strongest event bars and beam. In the first rotation, Liukin took a hop to the front on her vault despite sticking her landing in the warm up.

In the final rotation, Liukin was the last to perform at the competition, she had to score a 9.514 in order to place ahead of her teammate, instead she scored below the required score for her to win with 0.002. Had Liukin stuck her vault landing, she would have won the title.

However, Liukin went on to win two gold medals in the event final, on bars and beam beating Memmel who came second to her on both event. She also won another silver medal on floor behind her compatriot Alicia Sacramone. With four medals, Liukin was the most decorated female or male gymnast at the Worlds. 

Three years later Liukin became the third American gymnast to win an all around Olympic gold medal.

Memmel also became the first American female gymnast to win the world all around title since Shannon Miller in 1994 and just third in world championships history.

The one-two finish by the Americans was the first for the country in the all around competition at the world championships.

The bronze medal went to Monnet Rosso which was the first individual World medal for Australian gymnastics. Two years ago, Rosso helped her team to win their first team medal at a World championship.

Britain’s Elizabeth Tweddle and France’s Emilie Le Pennec placed 4th and 5th respectively.

Written by Gigi Khazback Farid

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