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Nastia Liukin Edges Shawn Johnson for All-Around Gold

No runner-up finish to her friend and rival this time. Nastia Liukin won the biggest prize of all.Liukin edged teammate Shawn Johnson for the all-around gold in women's gymnastics Friday in an intense matchup that lived up to its billing at the Beijing Games.Liukin finished with 63.325 points, a mere six-tenths ahead of Johnson, the reigning world champion who beat Liukin at the U.S. championships and Olympic trials only a few weeks ago.Yang Yilin of China won the bronze."I don't think it's really set in, but I feel like this journey has been so long," Liukin said.Made even longer by having to wait for Johnson to follow her on the floor exercise.Click here to view photos.Liukin paced back and forth while Johnson, the final competitor, completed her performance, clapping as her teammate floated high in the air. In the end, it was Liukin who soared. When Johnson's score was posted and Liukin realized she won, tears filled her eyes. Her father and coach Valeri grabbed her in a bearhug, sq...

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