Jun 10, 2012; St. Louis, MO, USA; McKayla Maroney (USA) warms up on the vault during day two of the 2012 Visa Championships in womens gymnastics at Chaifetz Arena. (Credit: Stew Milne-US PRESSWIRE)
AP National Writer
LONDON (AP) - Sandra Izbasa won the Olympic gold medal on vault after heavy favorite McKayla Maroney fell on her second attempt.
It was the second career gold medal for the Romanian, who won the floor exercise at the Beijing Olympics. And it was a shock for Maroney, who'd been the heavy favorite after winning the world title last year and posting the highest qualifying score in London.
But Maroney appeared to land her second vault on her heels, and her legs quickly skidded out from under her. The crowd gasped as she plopped to the mat, and her score of 14.3 gave her an avearge of 15.083. Izbasa finished with an average of 15.191.
Maria Paseka of Russia won the bronze.
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