Simone Biles couldn't win a fourth gold medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics, settling for bronze in the women's balance beam final Monday. Fellow Team USA gymnast Laurie Hernandez went one better, claiming silver.
Dutch athlete Sanne Wevers made history for her country by becoming the first Netherlands gymnast to secure a medal in this event when she took gold.
Here are the results and medal winners from the final:
|Women's Balance Beam Final|
Biles was third up on the beam, after Canada's Isabela Onyshko experienced a fall and a wobble in her routine. Not even an expert dismount after a pair of flips could rescue her effort, and she received an execution score of just 7.3 for an overall of 13.400.
Biles then made a quick entry onto the beam as she chased a quartet of gold and was flawless with her first somersault routines. NBC Olympics shared a snapshot of Biles working through her jumps:
Yet disaster soon struck for the American when she stumbled on the landing from a front somersault. Biles used her hands on the beam to help steady herself, leaving her vulnerable to a lost point, depending on the discretion of the judges.
Her final score of 14.733 meant a fourth gold looked out of reach.
Wevers then proceeded to wow the crowd with a routine that scored high on both difficulty and execution. In particular, her expert dismount ensured a healthy score of 15.466 that immediately became the new mark to beat.
Hernandez began the final three, and the highlight of her routine was an excellent landing on the double pike for her dismount. However, the 16-year-old also appeared edgy at various times on the beam.
Nancy Armour of USA Today Sports highlighted Biles' sportsmanship despite knowing gold had slipped away from her:
Hernandez managed a 15.333 final score that put her in place for silver. She lodged a protest to have her score amended but found it rebuffed.
Finally, home nation gymnast Flavia Saraiva came close to the medal picture when she scored a 14.533, but it wasn't quite enough to push Biles aside for the bronze.