Nastia Liukin vs. Yang Yilin: Olympics Women’s Gymnastics

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Alistair Prescott
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Sunday night's (Monday morning in China) event in Olympics Women's Gymnastics will be the uneven bars. The stars of this event: USA's Nastia Liukin and Yang Yilin as well as He Kexin.

Liukin, who won a gold for the US just a few nights ago is not the favorite in this event. She drew -300 odds at Yang Yilin is the rather substantial favorite at -250 odds. He Kexin was around even odds. This would place Liukin in a position for the bronze medal assuming odd makers were right.

Nonetheless, Nastia Liukin was not favored the other night either when she grabbed the gold in the Women's Gymnastics All Around - only the third American to win the gold in this event. Liukin actually paid out $300 for every $100 bet.

Her collection of medals is growing.

Relaxed and confident, Liukin scored 15.425 on floor exercise Sunday to win the event's bronze medal. Sandra Izbasa of Romania claimed the gold medal, scoring 15.65. Liukin's teammate and roomate, Shawn Johnson, won the silver medal with a score of 15.5.

Liukin will compete in the uneven bars and balance beam over the next two days where she has an opportunity to take home 5 medals. To date she has 3, one of each color.

Liukin takes to the balance beam Monday night (USA time) where she is listed with even odds only after -250 favored Yang Yilin.


Alistair Prescott, International

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