Team USA’s Kocian grabs silver as Mustafina repeats in uneven bars

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Aliya Mustafina repeated her 2012 Olympics by winning gold in uneven bars, scoring a 15.9 on Sunday in Rio.

Team USA teenager Madison Kocian, 19, laid her claim to a first individual medal with a very strong routine with a picture-perfect dismount, putting a 15.833 on the scoreboard with four gymnasts left to go in the event.

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Russia’s Daria Spiridonova dropped to the mat during her routine, guaranteeing Kocian would earn no lower than bronze. Only Elisabeth Seitz of Germany was left.

Seitz posted a 15.533, just .33 behind fellow German gymnast Sophie Scheder, who took bronze.

Gabby Douglas stuttered in her routine, earning a disappointing 15.066.