The qualifiers were a harbinger of today’s surprise. For the first time in ten years, not American gymnasts, but Russian gymnasts were the best in the playoffs.
The highlight of the team final was when the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) and the United States took the first jump. Nineteen-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles performed the Yurchenko with two and a half screws, Amanar, with one screw understated. So the jump value was 5 points instead of 5.8. After this disappointment, she decided to quit the game and pass the baton to her three teammates.
Commenting on the match, Biles said that the physical injury was not the reason for her exit from the match. The pressure on the multi-skilled player is too great: “I’m focused on my mental health.”
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American women who went into the business instead of Biles did not achieve the scores that Biles would have on the machines. Russian gymnasts eagerly took advantage of this opportunity. Russian Angelina Melnikova in particular excelled, although she put her team in trouble after falling off the bar. The big star on the American side was Sunese Lee who showed her opponents that she should be considered in the overall final.
Behind the two main countries America and Russia, it was Great Britain that surprisingly took the bronze. The bronze was the first medal since the 1928 Games in Amsterdam for the English women’s gymnastics team.
The comprehensive final is scheduled to take place on Thursday at 12:50 pm.
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