Shawn Johnson Crowned Individual World Champion! |

Shawn Johnson Crowned Individual World Champion!

First, a national champion. Now, a world champion. And everyone knows what’s coming up next on Shawn Johnson’s schedule. America’s new queen of gymnastics also proclaimed herself best in the world Friday, winning the all-around title with her bright smile and sky-high jumps and setting herself up as the woman to beat next year at the Beijing Olympics.

The 15-year-old Iowa girl scored 61.875 points to defeat Steliana Nistor of Romania by 1.25.

Brazil’s Jade Barbosa and defending champion Vanessa Ferrari of Italy tied for third and shared the bronze. American Nastia Liukin put in her usual exotic, graceful performance, but a fall off the beam doomed her chances and she finished fifth.

This day belonged to Johnson, who was clean, perfect and willing to perform tougher tricks than pretty much every girl in the meet. She executed them, too.

Read the full story: Queen Bee – Johnson Wins All-Around Title at Worlds – (Associated Press – PDF)

Posted on: September 7, 2007