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Wieber of U.S. Fails to Reach Olympic All-Round Gymnastics Final

July 29, 2012

Jordyn Wieber of the U.S., the individual all-round world champion, won’t compete in the Olympic gymnastics final after her teammates Gabrielle Douglas and Alexandra Raisman qualified ahead of her in London today.

“It is a bit of a disappointment,” Wieber, 17, said after the event at North Greenwich Arena. “It has always been a dream of mine to compete in the all-round final of the Olympics. But I’m proud of Aly and Gabby and happy that they reached the all-round and that I was able to help the team get to the finals.”

Raisman, 18, scored 60.391, ahead of 16-year-old Douglas’s 60.265 and Wieber’s 60.032, with only two able to advance.

Team USA, which also includes McKayla Maroney, 16, and Kyla Ross, 15, scored 181.863 in the third qualifying event today. The U.S. won the gold medal at Atlanta in 1996 with the “Magnificent Seven” and won silver in Athens and Beijing.

“This is kind of a heartbreak day for some,” Douglas told reporters. “I’m very happy for Aly, she deserves it.”

To contact the reporter on this story: Chris Spillane at the North Greenwich Arena on at cspillane3@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at at celser@bloomberg.net.


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