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Gabby Douglas beats Jordyn Wieber in first pitches too

Olympic gymnast and all-around gold medal winner Gabby Douglas threw out the first pitch at Citi Field before the Mets played the Rockies on Aug. 23.

It appears Olympic gold medal gymnast Gabby Douglas trumps her fellow gold medal teammate Jordyn Wieber on the baseball diamond as well at the gymnasium.

Douglas and Wieber were both part of the "Fierce Five" that won the team gold medal, but Douglas went on to win the invidual all-around gold as well.

Douglas threw out the first pitch at the Mets-Rockies game at Citi Field on Thursday, and while it wasn't quite a strike (see video below), she did manage to reach Mets reliever Robert Carson on the fly. Of course, the 16-year-old did throw from a few steps in front of the mound.

Unfortunately for Wieber she also had to compete against a robot called Cy-ber Young. The bot spit out the first of the first pitches, a 44 mph "fastball" that just caught the strike zone, to Tigers mascot Paws before their game against the Blue Jays at Comerica Park on Wednesday.

Wieber, with a boot on her right foot protecting a stress fracture, bounced her first pitch to Tigers catcher Gerald Laird from about the midway point between the mound and the plate. Laird didn't seem to mind her lack of baseball skills, as he later asked for her autograph.

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