Raisman rises up 

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LONDON — American Aly Raisman won the women’s floor exercise title in the final gymnastics event at the London Games on Tuesday after defending champion Sandra Izbasa fell on her last tumble.

Raisman added gold to the bronze she had earned for the balance beam 90 minutes earlier and the team gold she helped the United States to win a week ago.

Romanian Catalina Ponor, demoted to fourth on the beam after the Americans won an appeal on Raisman’s score, had the compensation of floor silver while Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took bronze on a tiebreak ahead of Italian Vanessa Ferrari.

American Jordyn Wieber, who missed the chance to qualify for the all-around final here despite being world champion, went home with no individual medals, finishing seventh on the floor after stepping out of bounds twice.

Wieber has a suspected stress fracture in her leg, her coach John Geddert said after the competition ended on Tuesday.

The only woman behind her was Izbasa who crashed to her knees as she tried to land her final tumbling pass and incurred a penalty of 0.3 points.

World champion Kseniia Afanaseva of Russia, who opened the final, finished sixth after being penalized for two oversteps.

The 18-year-old Raisman, who turned out to be the U.S. team’s most successful woman at the games, produced a top-quality routine, accompanied by music from a Hebrew folk song that had the crowd at North Greenwich Arena clapping along.

When she finished off with a perfectly-landed backflip and double-pike somersault combination she ran off to receive a big hug from her coach. A score of 15.600 earned her another bear hug and she waited for the remaining five finalists to compete.

Raisman said her beam bronze had taken the pressure off her ahead of the floor event.

“I had nothing to lose because I had already achieved one of my goals and it was going to be my last memory for London so I was going to enjoy it,” she told a news conference.

“When I was in my floor routine I was really calm and I did hear everyone who was cheering and I was trying to have fun and stay in the moment.”

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