Olympic Women's Gymnastics 2016: Vault Medal Winners, Scores and Results

Rory Marsden@@roomarsdenFeatured ColumnistAugust 14, 2016

US gymnast Simone Biles competes in the women's vault event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / Toshifumi KITAMURA        (Photo credit should read TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/AFP/Getty Images)
TOSHIFUMI KITAMURA/Getty Images

The United States' Simone Biles claimed a third gold medal of the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro on Sunday, trouncing the field in the women's vault final with a score of 15.966.

Russia's Maria Paseka claimed silver with 15.253, just edging Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber into third place after two bold vaults.

Biles now has gold medals in the women's team event, individual all-around and vault and still is a favourite to win two more in floor and beam.

Here are the results from the medalists in Sunday's final:  

Women's Vault Final: Results, Scores
MedalistsVault 1Vault 2Score
Simone Biles, Gold15.90016.03315.966
Maria Paseka, Silver15.26615.24115.253
Giulia Steingruber, Bronze15.53314.90015.216
Rio2016.com

Full results at Rio2016.com. 

   

The first three gymnasts to go in the vault final made costly mistakes. North Korea's Hong Un-jong fell on her second vault before 16-year-old Canadian Shallon Olsen faulted on landing in her first attempt.

Oksana Chusovitina, 41, then over-rotated attempting a hugely challenging vault and was forced to do a forward roll on landing that led to big deductions.

Wang Yan of China, going fourth, produced a clean pair of vaults to go into top spot but was topped by Steingruber after the Swiss posted a score of 15.216.

Russia's Maria Paseka competes in the women's vault event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 14, 2016. / AFP / Ben STANSALL        (Photo credit should read BEN STANSALL/AFP/
BEN STANSALL/Getty Images

India's Dipa Karmakar could not breach the medal positions, as she landed deep in her second vault going big with a tough attempt.

Russia's Paseka did, though, go into the gold-medal position after her two vaults despite splitting her legs in the first attempt.

Nonetheless, the seven gymnasts before Biles were always realistically competing for the silver medal.

Going last, the 19-year-old superstar opened with an almost perfect vault, a tiny step on landing the only error as she earned a 15.900 score.

A massive second vault then scored 16.003 to win Biles the gold by a huge margin.    

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