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Latest update : 2008-08-19

American gymnast Shawn Johnson finally claimed an Olympic gold medal in the last event of the women's competition, the balance beam. Her fellow American Nastia Liukin won the silver medal, while Cheng Fei of China took the bronze.

 

 Shawn Johnson outshone rivals Nastia Liukin and Cheng Fei with her deft footwork on the balance beam to finally strike gold at the Olympics gymnastics competition on Tuesday.

The 16-year-old had been expected to go home with a stash of gold medals after picking up three titles at the world championships in 2007. But she had to wait until the final day of the competition to make her mark at the Games, with a score of 16.225.

She edged out fellow American and all-round champion Liukin by 0.200 of a point, while Cheng collected bronze with 15.950.

China's Li Shanshan had been tipped for the title but she was one of two finalists to fall off the wood and finished sixth.
 

Date created : 2008-08-19

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