OLYMPICS / Barcelona 1992: Gutsu vaults to gold
Friday 31 July 1992
The 15-year-old Gutsu was third from last to go in the vault. She had watched as Miller, who had beaten world champion Kim Zmeskal in the US trials, pulled off two superb vaults, the first of which scored 9.975.
That left Gutsu needing 9.938 to take the lead, and she surpassed that mark on her second attempt.
Even then, Gutsu was not home and dry as her team-mate Svetlana Boginskaya, lying third after three of the four apparatus rounds, needed 9.965 from her beam routine to take over the gold medal position.
A slight wobble, however, meant that Boginskaya, who had led the former Soviet gymnasts to the team title on Tuesday, could manage only 9.912, a mark which dropped her down to fifth overall.
Miller won the silver medal but the biggest surprise of the competition was the failure of Zmeskal. A terrible mistake during her floor exercise cost her any chance of a medal and she could finish only 10th.
Romania's Lavinia Milosovici narrowly edged out her team- mate Cristina Bontas for the bronze.
Vitali Shcherbo, of the Unified Team, who topped the men's individual standings after the team compulsory and free exercises, is firmly established as favourite for tonight's all-round competition.
Shcherbo, second all-round at the Indianapolis world championships last year, is also in a strong position for gold medals in Sunday's apparatus finals, as he top- scored in four of the six disciplines in the team competition. 'I've been working for this for a long, long time and I hope all the hard work is going to pay off,' he said.
Latest in Sport
- 1 Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
- 2 Venezuela Expo Tattoo 2015: Extreme body art from 'Vampire Woman' to 109mm earlobes
- 4 Ball pool for adults opens in London
Stephen Fry explains what he would say if he was 'confronted by God'
9 reasons Greece's experiment with the radical left is doomed to failure
Have we reached 'peak food'? Shortages loom as global production rates slow
British grandmother Lindsay Sandiford faces execution by firing squad in Indonesia
Liberal Democrat minister defends comments suggesting immigration causes pub closures
Hard line on immigration could cost Tories the election
£15000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Now our rapidly expanding and A...
£15000 - £20000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: Are you passionate about great ...
£20000 - £30000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...
£18000 - £35000 per annum: Recruitment Genius: This fast growing reinforcing s...