MAJESTIC AMERICAN GYMNASTS SURGE TO WOMEN’S TEAM GOLD
SIMONE BILES AND HER US TEAM-MATES PROVED THAT THEY ARE CURRENTLY AN UNTOUCHABLE FORCE AS THEY BLEW AWAY ALL OF THEIR RIVALS TO WIN THE WOMEN’S TEAM TITLE AT RIO 2016 ON 9 AUGUST.
There were a few wobbles here and there, even for the normally unflappable Biles, but those imperfections did not stop them sweeping to victory by a massive 8.209 points over second placed Russia. China finished third to claim the bronze.
The USA’s margin of victory was the biggest at any international tournament since the open-ended scoring system was introduced to artistic gymnastics in 2006. In fact, the Americans put in such a commanding performance that Biles needed to better a target of just 7.591 points with her final floor performance to secure her first Olympic medal and deliver a second consecutive team title for her country.
So her score of 15.800 left her and her four team-mates – Gabby Douglas, Aly Raisman, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian – whooping with joy as they clinched top spot on the podium.