September 9, 2007 / 1:46 PM / 11 years ago

Liukin wins beam gold at world championships

Nastia Liukin of the U.S. waves with a bunch of flowers after winning the gold medal on the balance beam in the women's final at the 40th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart September 9, 2007. REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

STUTTGART, Germany (Reuters) - American Nastia Liukin won the balance beam gold medal at the world gymnastics championships on Sunday.

Liukin, champion on the apparatus in 2005, earned a score of 16.025 with a series of deft movements to collect her second gold of the week after success in the team event. She had also won a silver medal on the asymmetric bars.

China’s Li Shanshan and Romanian Steliana Nistor shared the silver, 0.125 points behind Liukin. Li managed a medal despite falling off the apparatus because her routine had a high difficulty rating.

American Shawn Johnson fell off the 10-cm wide beam twice to destroy her chances and finished last of the eight gymnasts in the final.

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