Shawn Johnson, Nastia Liukin, and Yang Yilin
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Johnson also had a great day. She was solid on all four events, and even stuck her layout double-double dismount off bars. What gave Liukin the edge? The two were practically tied on beam (Liukin 16.125; Johnson 16.050) and did tie on floor (15.525), but Liukin's advantage on bars (16.650-15.275) was greater than Johnson's on vault (15.875-15.025).
Both women performed incredibly, and this marks the first time the US has gone 1-2 in the Olympic all-around. Liukin becomes only the third US Olympic all-around champion, after Mary Lou Retton in 1984 and Carly Patterson in 2004.
Yang Yilin of China was third, while Russia's Ksenia Semenova was fourth. Both gymnasts showed impressive difficulty levels, especially on bars.
1. Nastia Liukin, USA 63.325
2. Shawn Johnson, USA 62.725
3. Yang Yilin, China 62.650
4. Ksenia Semenova, Russia 61.925
5. Steliana Nistor, Romania 61.050
6. Jiang Yuyuan, China 60.900
7. Anna Pavlova, Russia 60.825
8. Sandra Izbasa, Romania 60.750
9. Oksana Chusovitina, Germany 60.125
10. Jade Barbosa, Brazil 59.550