Russia's Aliya Mustafina earns gold

Updated: August 6, 2012, 8:24 PM ET
ESPN.com news services

LONDON -- Aliya Mustafina stood atop the podium, proudly cradling her medal and watching the Russian flag rise.

She dared not even imagine such a scene six months ago, her left knee aching and the ruthless brilliance that had made her the world's best gymnast no longer within her command. Yet she refused to give in, to the pain in her body or the doubts in her mind, and the reward now lay heavy upon her chest.

"I am very, very happy I've won gold," Mustafina said after winning the ...

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