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Madison Kocian earns silver in uneven bars

United States' Madison Kocian waves to the crowd

United States' Madison Kocian waves to the crowd after winning silver in the uneven bars during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. Credit: AP / Rebecca Blackwell

Russia’s Aliya Mustafina has ended the U.S. women’s team dominance atop the podium in women’s gymnastics.

Mustafina defended her Olympic title in uneven bars on Sunday, edging American Madison Kocian in a tight final. Mustafina’s score of 15.900 was just a touch better than Kocian’s score of 15.833.

The difference was the difficulty of Mustafina’s routine, which was one-tenth tougher than Kocian’s brilliant set.

The “Final Five” had won every gold medal available in Rio behind superstar Simone Biles. It ended when Mustafina nailed her dismount on her way to an eighth Olympic medal.

Sophie Scheder of German was third.

Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic all-around champion, finished seventh.

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