Simone Biles? gold medal streak at the 2016 Rio Olympics ended as she settled for bronze in the Women?s Beam Final.
The 19-year-old from Texas was gunning for a historical five-gold medal win in one Olympics but stumbles off balance on the beam but still managed to grab hold of a bronze. Teammate, 16-year-old Laurie Hernandez, won silver, while 24-year-old, Sanne Wevers of Netherlands, captured the gold with a highly artistic beam routine.
Biles had qualified in the Beam Final as the top scorer. She started her routine flawlessly but slipped badly when she landed her left foot on the beam?s edge, but still managed to reach down and grab on to the beam to stay on.
In a report by The Guardian, Biles said that she is not disappointed with getting a bronze as ?anyone would love to have a bronze at an Olympic Games.? But expressed her disappointment in her routine, ?I?m disappointed in the routine that I did. Not so much the entire routine just the front tuck, I guess, because the rest of the routine was pretty good.?
Biles scored 14.733 after her error which was still good enough for a podium finish but opened the door for the gold with five more gymnasts left to perform. After her routine, she was so sure that her score would not be enough to get her a medal that she did not bother changing into her medal ceremony outfit when she saw her final score.
Aimee Boorman, Biles? long-time coach said, ?She is human. She made that save, because both of her feet were coming off the game. I was pretty impressed with that. I see it as a triumph. She won a bronze medal on beam at the Olympics. That?s huge. She should be proud of that. Besides that error, the rest of the routine was excellent. Sometimes your feet slip.?
Wevers scored 15.466 with her highly difficult routine while Hernandez scored 15.333, capping off her Olympics debut with a silver.
After settling for bronze, the 19-year-old Texan gymnast said that the pressure of her five-medal record-breaking Olympic quest had not gotten to her. ?It?s something you guys shove into my head and I?m 19,? she said. ?I can?t put that much stress on myself because I am only 19. I think you guys want it more than I do, because I just want to perform the routines that I?ve practised.?
Boorman believes that Biles previous error will not affect her performance mentally in her final event in Rio, the Floor Final, which is also her favorite discipline.
Team U.S.A. currently has a total of seven medals in Women?s Gymnastics including the team all-around title. Biles and Hernandez won silver and bronze on the beam, Biles won gold in the vault and individual all-around, while Aly Raisman and Madison Kocian took silver in the all-around and uneven bars competition.
Catch the final event of the 2016 Rio Olympics Women?s Gymnastics competition on August 16, Tuesday at 4:47 p.m. Biles and Raisman will be competing from Team U.S.A. where Biles will possibly capture her fourth Olympic gold.