London 2012 Olympics: Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Deng Linlin compete in balance beam

LONDON (AP) -- Aly Raisman finally caught a break.

Five days after a tiebreak cost Raisman an all-around medal, she won a bronze medal on balance beam Tuesday because of it.

Raisman questioned her score after initially finishing fourth, and judges added an extra tenth to her routine's difficulty after reviewing it. That gave her and Catalina Ponor identical scores of 15.066, but Raisman got the bronze and Ponor got bumped because the American's execution score was higher.

Big grins spread across Raisman's face and that of her coach, Mihai Brestyan, when the revision was announced, and she couldn't stop smiling as she climbed onto the medals podium. The captain of the Fierce Five now has two medals, and a chance to add a third later Tuesday on floor exercise.

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Deng Linlin won the gold on balance beam, upstaging teammate and reigning world champion Sui Lu. It was the second gold of the day for the Chinese, following Feng Zhe's title on parallel bars.

Gabby Douglas, meanwhile, failed to add to her medal haul, finishing seventh on balance beam after a fall. Still, she'll leave the London Olympics with two gold medals, including the all-around title, gymnastics' biggest prize.

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