Alexa
  • Directory of Taiwan

Mustafina wins 5th medal at worlds

 Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...
 Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...
 Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...

Netherlands Gym Worlds

Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...

Netherlands Gym Worlds

Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...

Netherlands Gym Worlds

Gold medallist Thomas Bouhail of France performs on the vault at the World Championships Gymnastics in Rotterdam, Netherlands, Sunday Oct. 24, 2010. ...

All-around champion Aliya Mustafina won her fifth medal on Sunday, taking silver on the floor to become the most successful gymnast at the world gymnastics championships.
Lauren Mitchell of Australia swept past co-leaders Mustafina and Romania's Diana Chelaru on the last performance, leaving the Russian with two gold and three silver medals in six events. Mustafina's only blemish came when she fell off the beam on Sunday, leaving the title to Romania's Ana Porgras ahead of American Rebecca Bross and defending champion Deng Linlin, who shared silver.
"On the beam, I didn't have enough strength. I just lost balance," Mustafina said of her spill, which seemed avoidable.
Mustafina leaves with the same medal total Russian great Svetlana Khorkina won at the 2001 world championships. The 16-year-old, though, said she isn't trying to emulate anyone.
"I don't have any heroes. I just try to be myself," she said through a translator.
U.S. allrounder Nastia Liukin also won five medals at the 2008 Beijing Games and might come back for the 2012 London Games.
In Rotterdam, Mustafina and men's all-around champion Kohei Uchimura, 21, made clear who will be the favorites to beat.
Uchimura won his fourth medal Sunday, finishing behind China's Feng Zhe and Teng Haibin on the parallel bars. Uchimura also won gold in the all-around, and silver medals in the team event and the floor.
China again proved its strength in depth by topping the medal table with four gold and nine medals overall, with Zhang Chenglong winning the concluding high bar event ahead of local favorite Epke Zonderland. Russia was second with Mustafina winning five of its six medals. The United States came in third, also with six medals, but only had Alicia Sacramone's gold against Mustafina's double.
At 16, Mustafina stood head and shoulders above opposition for most of the week and should reach full maturity by the time London comes around.
She said her frame of 1.60 meter (5 feet 2 inches) and 48 kilos (106 pounds) found it hard going for nine days of competition.
"It was very hard. I was no longer 100 percent on the beam. I just wanted to try.
Fatigue also showed in the concluding floor event, where she took an uncharacteristic sidestep. Yet, her jumps and leaps with unmatched elegance were enough for one last medal before going home to study.
"I was well prepared but I was tired," she said.