Following a week of great performances, Gabby Douglas finished eighth on uneven bars on Monday’s Olympic competition. The 16-year-old athlete claimed she was very tired, but promised she will do a lot better on Tuesday, her final day of competition, says the Associated Press.
Gabby Douglas accustomed us all with amazing Olympic performances. On Monday, however, she made an uncharacteristic mistake which caused her to finish eighth on uneven bars. She was outrun by the Russian contestant, Aliya Mustafina who scored 16.133 points and won the gold medal, as well as by China’s He Kexin (15.933) who took the silver medal. The bronze medal was won by Beth Tweddle from Britain (15.916).
Despite her loss, Douglas told the press that she was very glad for the other contestants who managed to make their dreams come true. She explained that she was physically and mentally exhausted from the repeated training sessions and performances, so she made an unthinkable mistake. In fact, the uneven bars routine was perfectly executed last week during previous performances.
The 16-year-old athlete could not completely recover because she was always involved in a physical activity. She confessed that her body is always aching when she wakes up no matter how much sleep she gets because she trains every day and competes every other day.
Even though her body is stiff from so much physical effort, Gabby promised fans to offer them one of the best performances on Tuesday, that is, her final day of competition. She will compete with Aly Raisman on the balance beam. She will then, meet with Jordyn Wieber, the reigning all-around world champion who will compete for gold on the floor.
Two other American male athletes will compete on Tuesday in the horizontal bar final. They are Jonathan Horton from Houston and Danell Leyva of Miami, who won the bronze in men’s all-around.