Nastia Liukin won the balance beam title Sunday, adding to the gold she won with the American team earlier this week. It's her ninth medal at the world gymnastics championships -- fourth gold -- and ties her with Shannon Miller for most in U.S. history.
China routed the competition for its third straight worlds gold medal -- and eighth overall -- scoring 281.9 points to beat silver medalist Japan by a whopping 4.875 and bronze medalist Germany by 8.375.
Bouncing back from mistakes that would have cost a great team the gold medal on most days, the Americans finished with two of the most dazzling routines of the entire competition to clinch their second title at the world gymnastics championships.
After hearing for a year how bad they are, how they might not even make it to next summer's Beijing Olympics, the U.S. men silenced everyone with a solid performance at the world gymnastics championships Tuesday.
The U.S. women set themselves up as the team to beat at these world championships -- and maybe next year in Beijing, too -- with a razor-sharp and nearly mistake-free romp through the gym in qualifying Sunday.