Gabby Douglas flounders in uneven bars medal event

Douglas, after winning gold in the individual all-around, was dead last in Monday's uneven bars. (US Presswire)

America's gymnastics sweetheart Gabby Douglas couldn't continue her run of outstanding Olympic performances Monday. Competing in the uneven bars, Douglas finished eighth out of eight competitors, scoring a 14.900 -- well behind the gold medal-winning performance from Russia's Aliya Mustafina (16.133).

China's Kexin He took silver after her routine was judged at a 15.933. Elizabeth Tweddle, of Great Britain, took the bronze (15.916).

The moment, in the end, won't dampen Douglas' accomplishments in London, but for today it's certainly sobering and surprising. After all, America's newest cereal box cover girl earned her nickname -- The Flying Squirrel -- for her action and whipping body language on the uneven bars. It was Douglas' 6.300 rating for difficulty that ultimately did her in; no other competitor was rated so low in difficulty.

"I think toward the end of the Olympics you get mentally and physically tired, just like drained. I try to fight through as much as I can," Douglas said to reporters.

For Mustafina, it's a grand return, as she tore her ACL in 2011. To go from that to gold in just over a year's time is might impressive.

Douglas' routine and the rest of the uneven bars final will air Monday night as part of NBC's prime-time Olympic coverage.

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