Gabby Douglas places seventh in balance beam after fall

Posted at 4:58 PM, Aug 07, 2012
and last updated 2012-08-07 16:58:20-04

Hopes for gymnast Gabby Douglas to repeat her gold-winning form Tuesday were dashed as she took a tumble from the balance beam.

The pint-sized Douglas swung back onto the beam to continue her routine, but the slip was too costly for her to place better than seventh.

The 16-year-old’s unfortunate mistake on the balance beam followed disappointment in the uneven bars Monday, when she came in eighth.

“It was an amazing finals with so many great competitors,” she said after Monday’s event. “Coming into bar finals was a big challenge for me, and I made a little mistake. Even if I would have hit a solid routine, I know I have a lower start value than the other competitors.”