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U.S. gymnast Jordyn Wieber cries after she failed to qualify for the women's all-around finals during the Artistic Gymnastics women's qualification at the 2012 Summer Olympics, Sunday, July 29, 2012, in London. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)
Reigning all-around world champion gymnast Jordyn Wieber lost her shot at personal gold on Sunday, but she and the rest of the American women’s gymnastics squad remain the overwhelming favorite heading into Tuesday’s team finals.
The U.S. swimming team also had a good overall day, winning four medals, including a gold by Dana Vollmer, who broke the world record in the 100m butterfly. The one disappointment came in the men’s 4x100m freestyle relay, where the Americans lost by a touch to the French despite a lineup that included Ryan Lochte and Michael Phelps, two of the world’s best swimmers.
But the biggest drama unfolded at North Greenwich Arena, where the U.S. women’s gymnastics team handily beat its two major rivals, Russia and China, in the qualification rounds. Wieber was expected to cruise through individual competition and win all-around gold in the finals. Instead, after some relatively minor errors, she was outscored in preliminary rounds by two teammates, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. Wieber ended up placing fourth overall, but because countries are limited to two athletes in the all-around individual finals, she did not qualify.
Wieber left the floor in tears. "I'll be alright," she told an Associated Press reporter as she left the gym.
Raisman and Douglas quietly celebrated.
"I was really surprised, and I feel awful because she wanted it so bad," Raisman, Wieber's closest friend on the team, told the Associated Press. "But she should still feel proud because she's an Olympian. We have to stay calm and focused on team finals."
Later in the day, Wieber seemed to have regained her composure, tweeting: “Thank you all for your love and support. I am so proud of our team today and I can't wait for team finals!!”
In other developments on day two of the Olympics:
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Courtney Marmon contributed reporting.