Simone Biles stumbles on beam as Sanne Wevers takes gold
Simone Biles, who most recently took gold the vault finals, looked to add to her gold medal streak in today’s beam finals. While the favorite in the event, the beam is undoubtedly her weakest event. Fierce competition was inevitable from teammate Laurie Hernandez and Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands.
Biles was looking to become the first gymnast to win five gold medals in a single Olympics. While she had the highest degree of difficulty for her routine, too many mistakes left her short of a gold for the first time at Rio. Biles wobbled and had to grab the beam on a front flip, ironically one of the easier elements of her routine. The routine was so shaky, it left Biles with a score of 14.733, her lowest on the beam during this Olympics.
Sanne Wevers took advantage of a golden opportunity, performing brilliantly and easily surpassing Biles with a score of 15.460. While in gold medal position, Wavers had to hold off Hernandez, who performed perhaps the best beam routine of her young career, scoring a 15.333. Wavers took the gold, while team USA represented on the podium with Hernandez earning the silver and Biles the bronze.
For Biles, she has an opportunity in the floor finals on Tuesday to tie the record of most gold medals in a single Olympics, held by Vera Caslavska (1968) and Agnes Keleti (1956). Biles is the clear favorite in the event, having earned the highest scores in qualifying rounds in both team and all-around competition.
Marine Boyer of France finished fourth, 0.133 behind Biles. Flavia Saraiva of Brazil finished fifth, followed by Yilin Fan of China, Catalina Ponor of Romania and Isabela Onyshko of Canada.
The floor finals on Tuesday is the final gymnastics event of the 2016 games in Rio.