Izbasa Takes Floor Last, Winds Up 1st
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Izbasa was hardly daunted by the Americans’ marks. At 5-5 and 110 pounds, she is towering for a female gymnast. And she delivered the most technically difficult routine of the evening (its 6.500 start value one-tenth of a point higher than Johnson’s) to near perfection, clinching the gold with 15.650.
Johnson met her with an embrace, as she does all her rivals, fairly sure that the Romanian had nudged her from the gold even before Izbasa’s score was posted.
But if she was disappointed over a third silver medal, Johnson was far too polite to suggest it.
“Seeing how beautiful her routine was today — she stuck all of her landings — I pretty much knew she had it,” Johnson said of Izbasa. “And she deserved it.” Source