Simone Biles finished her Rio Olympics with a fifth Olympic medal, fourth gold. Putting yesterday’s mistake on the balance beam behind her, Biles showed why she’s a three-time world champion on floor.
In today’s final, Biles was better than her best. On her tumbling passes, always high-flying, she got so much air that she seemed in danger of smacking her head on the rafters. She had no problem staying in control when it was time to come back down to earth, and her dance work to Brazilian-themed music, including a piece from the animated movie “Rio,”got the crowd roaring.
With a score of 15.966, Biles was untouchable. As usual.
Not even the reigning Olympic champion on floor, Aly Raisman, could top her. Looking even better than she did in London, Raisman scored a 15.500 for her precise tumbling and own arsenal of extremely difficult tumbling skills.
In third place was Amy Tinkler, becoming the first British female gymnast to win an Olympic medal in Rio and first British woman ever to win an Olympic medal on floor exercise.
1. Simone Biles: 15.966
2. Aly Raisman: 15.500
3. Amy Tinkler: 14.933
4. Vanessa Ferrari: 14.766
5. Wang Yan: 14.666
6. Erika Fasana: 14.533
7. Mai Murakami: 14.533
8. Giulia Steingruber: 11.800