Simone Biles wins floor exercise for fourth gold medal
The quest for a record five gold medals at Rio went up in smoke for Simone Biles following a bronze medal on the beam. That didn’t stop Biles from focusing on the floor finals today, in an event in which she was the favorite. Competition would undoubtedly come from teammate Aly Raisman, the defending Olympic champion in the event.
Biles showed why she is the reigning world champion in the floor, performing a double layout with a half-twist and blind landing nearly flawlessly. Her routine, which was of highest difficulty at 8.933, was executed to a degree of precision that few have ever done. After finishing the route, which left the audience in awe and enormous applause, Biles scored a 15.966. That was plenty good enough to secure her record-tying fourth gold medal.
Aly Raisman would have been good enough to win gold on any other day, executing a routine with a difficulty of 8.675 with near perfection. She finished with a score of 15.500 to easily win the silver medal. In a three-way battle for bronze, Amy Tinkler of Great Britain scored 14.933 to hold off Vanessa Ferrari of Italy, who scored 14.766, and Yan Wang of China, who earned a 14.666.
Rounding out the field was Erika Fasana Italy, Mai Murakami Japan, and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland.
The United States dominated the competition throughout these games, winning the team competition and taking gold in four of the six individual events. They won nine medals overall with Russia a distant second with a gold and four overall medals. The Netherlands, China, Great Britain, Germany and Switzerland each took home a single medal.
For Team USA, Aly Raisman will likely retire from competition following a stellar Olympic career, earning three gold, two silver and a bronze. Simone Biles, who will be 23 in 2020 for the Tokyo games, could very well return. Laurie Hernandez, at age 16, is the future of USA gymnastics and should be even better at Tokyo.