Jordyn Wieber’s coach: All-around exclusion an ‘injustice’

By Matt Brooks

Jordyn Wieber‘s tears earned front-page attention¬†on sports sections and Web sites across the United States this morning – the Post’s included.

Now, one day after the 17-year-old world champion failed to qualify for Thursday’s all-around final, Wieber’s coach is crying foul.

(AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

Wieber finished fourth overall in Sunday’s qualifying, but behind fellow Americans Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas. International rules state that only two competitors from the same country can compete in the finals.

John Geddert, who has coached Wieber for her entire career, called the rule ridiculous and declared Wieber’s exclusion an “injustice.”

Said Steve Penny, president of USA Gymnastics: “Jordyn didn’t have as good a day as Aly did. And Gabby had a great day, too. So the results are what they’re supposed to be. And that’s the way the game is played.”

As a team, the United States was dominant. They finished with 181.863 to take the top overall spot ahead of Russia (180.429) and defending Olympic champion China (176.637). ¬†Wieber, who failed to score the highest mark for her team in any event, will compete in Tuesday’s team final and also qualified for the floor exercise final.

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