Simone Biles takes home gold in vault
Having already won gold in the team final and individual all-around, Simone Biles entered the vault the clear favorite for the gold medal. Last to compete in the field of eight, Biles was looking to add to an already impressive list of accomplishments, including the last three world championships.
Biles performed two of the toughest vaults in the competition, an Amanar and a Cheng. She got off to a great start, recording a 15.900 on her first attempt. As if that wasn’t enough, Biles outdid herself with her second vault, scoring an incredible 16.033. Her combined total of of 15.966 was plenty good enough to take home the gold. In fact, her winning margin was an extremely comfortable 0.713.
The two vaults by Simone Biles were the two best in the competition. Bronze medal winner Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland scored a 15.533. Silver medal winner Maria Paseka of Russia finished with a score of 15.253 and was the only other competitor in the final to score over a 15 on any attempt.
Prior to the event, North Korea’s Hong Un-Jong started talking that she could outscore Biles, as she was going to attempt the triple-twisting Yurchenko. Her first vault in the final was very solid, so Hong went for it all attempting the triple-twisting Yurchenko. Unfortunately for her, she came up short of three rotations, falling backwards. Hong ended up with a score of 14.900 and a sixth place finish. Dipa Karmakar finished just short of the bronze medal with a score 15.066. Wang Yan finished fifth at 14.999, Oksana Chusovitina finished seventh, while Shallon Olsen finished eighth.