Gymnasts have a saying: “I just want to go four for four.” It means getting through all four events in an all-around competition without any major mistakes, and gymnasts claim it’s more important to them than the scores or rankings.
Simone Biles had gone three for three in the first week of the Olympics, picking up team, all-around and vault gold. But her hopes of adding a fourth gold on the balance beam ended when Biles got off balance on a front flip and had to grab the beam to hold on.
The big deductions for Biles’ error left her with a score of 14.733 and ultimately with a bronze medal.
The gold medalist was Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, who didn’t have the high-powered tumbling skills of the American medalists but shone with a mix of tricky spins and leaps to maximize her score. She scored 15.466 to win the first Olympic individual medal of any color for a Dutch woman.
Laurie Hernandez of the U.S. finished third. The 16-year-old is making her Olympic debut in Rio and recently turned professional.
The final rankings were:
1. Sanne Wevers: 15.466
2. Laurie Hernandez: 15.333
3. Simone Biles: 14.733
4. Flavia Saraiva:
5. Marine Boyer: 14.600
6. Fan Yilin: 14.500
7. Catalina Ponor: 14.000
8. Isabela Onyshko: 13.4000