Team USA Dominates in Qualfications
The US women’s gymnastic team headed to Rio with the expectations to bring home their second consecutive gold medal. At the preliminaries inside Rio Olympic Arena, Team USA performed better than they could have imagined. They were so good, in fact, that Gabby Douglas performed well enough for third overall, but will fail to make the compete in the all-around final. This is because only two members from each team can compete, and yes, those two members are both from Team USA.
Simone Biles, the three-time defending world champion, was all but perfect, finishing first in three events and the all-around leader by almost two points. She finished with a twisting, double back on her last dismount to the delight of her teammates and US fans in the crowd. Finishing in second was teammate Aly Raisman, who with 60.607 points, edging out Douglas, who came in with 60.131.
China finished a distant second with a total score of 175.279, compared to Team USA at 185.238. Completing the top five were Russia. Great Britain and host country Brazil.
American’s took the top spot in all four events. Madison Kocian took the uneven bars, while Biles was first place on vault, floor exercise and beam. Showing the overall team strength of the United States, all five members qualified for individual event finals. Biles and Raisman will compete in the floor exercise, Douglas on the uneven bars, Kocian and Laurie Hernandez on the balance beam.
Scores for individual and team will not carry over to the finals on Tuesday. The all-around individual will be held on August 11, while the vault and bar finals on August 14, beam on August 15 and floor on August 16.