STUTTGART, Germany, Sept. 9, 2007 – Nastia Liukin of Parker, Texas, won the world balance beam title, and Shawn Johnson of West Des Moines, Iowa, and Alicia Sacramone of Winchester, Mass., went one-two in the floor exercise in the event finals at the 2007 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. This brings the
“It was a very successful World Championships,” said Martha Karolyi, the
Earlier in the week, the
“It was a great week,” said Sacramone, the team captain for the women. “We came and did what we set out to do, win the team title. To win (the team title) at a World Championships outside the
In the balance beam event finals, Liukin was the last gymnast to compete and had to beat a 15.900 earned by both Steliana Nistor of
“It is such a thrill to be in the event finals and become a world champion,” said Liukin, who also won the world beam title in 2005. “I was excited to go last. I knew I had one of the lowest start values, and I needed to go out and do it big. I was a little nervous because I had a wobble at the beginning, and I knew it might be questionable if I got the gold. I’m just excited to come back and win, and I wanted to prove that the mistakes (earlier in the week) were just flukes.”
Johnson demonstrated her ability to focus and deliver in the floor exercise finals. Putting the balance beam behind her, she gave a rock-solid performance on floor to score a 15.250. Competing second in the finals, she had to wait for the final six, which included 2005 world floor champion and teammate Sacramone. With her usual flash and style, Sacramone was on track when she slipped on the landing of a tumbling pass. Despite coming back and hitting the rest of her routine, her 15.225 dropped her into second behind Johnson.