LONDON -- Halfway through the women's gymnastics all-around competition, 16-year-old Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach led over a pair of Russians.
After the vault and uneven bars, Douglas had a score of 31.699. In second was Victoria Komova with 31.432 and in third was Aliya Mustafina with 31.333. The other American, Alexandra Raisman, was in fourth with 30.233.
Douglas was the first competitor on the vault and did her Amanar without any obvious glitches to earn a score of 15.966. Raisman was second and was nearly as good, earning a 15.900. If this was to be a tone-setting start, it was a sour note for Komova, who is the defending world champion all-around silver medalist. She landed her vault almost off the mat and was scored 15.466. Her Russian teammate Mustafina was even worse, starting off with a 15.233 vault.
There was some murmuring about the vault scoring. Douglas' form and execution of the same vault ill-performed by Komova seemed to warrant a bigger differential.