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Rio 2016: Sensational 19-Year-Old Simone Biles Wins 3rd Olympic Gold

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American gymnast, Simone Biles won a gold medal for the third time in the Rio Olympics in the final vault. She scored 15.900 for her first vault and 16.033 for her second vault. She is said to take the top spot with an average of 15.966.

Giulia Steingruber who represented Switzerland and Russia’s  Maria Paseka both took the second place.

Giulia Steingruber became the first female gymnast to win an Olympic medal last year when she scored 15.216 in the 2015 world championship on vault. Maria Paseka scored 15.253.

The world had anticipated that North Korea’s Hong Un-Jong would, not only emerge winner but also break gymnastic records when a video of her went viral before the Olympics. In the video, Hong was seen doing the triple-twisting Yurchenko which is a very difficult stunt. This would create a huge legacy for her, if she succeeded at the intense Yurchenko move. She, however, managed to achieve a not-so-perfect landing.

41-year-old Oksana Chusovitina, representing Uzbekistan tried the Produnova vault, a risky stunt that involves two front flips away from the vaulting table, in an attempt to land on the podium. The move which has a difficult landing got her spinning forward when she landed so that she did a somersault that took her to the mat. Her performance kept her in the 7th position.

Dipa Karmakar, who is the first Indian Woman to compete in the Olympics, came 4th. She bottom crashed after doing the Produnova vault. However, she still managed to earn an average score of 15.066.

The final scores:

  1. Simone Biles: 15.966
  2. Maria Paseka: 15.253
  3. Giulia Steingruber: 15.216

4.. Dipa Karmakar: 15.066

  1. Wang Yan: 14.999
  2. Hong Un-Jong: 14.900
  3. Oksana Chusovitina: 14.833
  4. Shallon Olsen: 14.816

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