McKayla Maroney, who helped lead the United State to the women's team gymnastics gold medal with her dazzling vault earlier this week, settled for silver in the women's vault final after falling on her second attempt.
She scored 15.866 on her first vault but just 14.3 on the second because of the fall. With the scores being averaged, Maroney finished with a score of 15.083. Romanian Sandra Raluca Izbasa took the gold medal with a score of 15.191, while Maria Paseka of Russia took bronze with a 15.050.
During the team final, Maroney's vault scored 16.233 thanks in part to the difficulty of the move, called the Amanar--named, ironically, after champion Romanian gymnast Simona Amanar. Of course, she still has to execute the move flawlessly, as she did in the team final
Maroney would've taken the gold medal comfortably had she landed her second attempt, but instead she fell on her butt on the dismount, allowing Izbasa to slip by.
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