Russian Olympic Committee take gold in women’s team gymnastics as team USA hit by withdrawal of Simone Biles



After four rotations, ROC’s Vladislava Urazova, Viktoriia Listunova and Angelina Melnikova totaled 169.528 points, with the reigning champion Team USA set for silver at 166.096.

Great Britain won bronze with a score of 164.096.

ROC’s gold medal is the first in the women’s team event since the Barcelona Olympics in 1992. The victory also secured a famous double for ROC after the men took gold in the event. by Monday shift.

“We still can’t believe this is happening. The impossible is possible now,” said Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova, who cried after finishing her floor routine.

“We worked extremely hard, we were basically in a closed training camp for a year and a half, working for this moment.

“I knew it was up to me and I felt overwhelming happiness… I knew I had done my job.”

ROC's Viktoriia Listunova competes on the beam in the women's final.

American women have been a dominant force in the past two Olympics, with the team winning seven of the 12 gold medals available at London 2012 and Rio 2016.

In Rio, led by a brilliant Biles, Team USA won gold over Russia in a dominant way by more than 8 points. To put that in perspective, the ROC women won the Tokyo team competition by just over 3 points.

Team USA’s silver medal ends her streak of two consecutive Olympic team crowns from London, when she won gold for the first time since Atlanta 1996 – though silver marks the States -United on the podium by women’s team for the eighth consecutive time.

Tuesday’s competition, however, was dominated by the withdrawal of Biles for “medical concerns” after the opening rotation.

In a statement posted on Twitter, USA Gymnastics said Biles would be “assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

If he’s deemed fit to compete, Biles’ next event could be the women’s all-around final. The American hopes to add four gold medals won at the Rio 2016 Olympics to her tally.

Biles still has five gold medal events and if she wins them all, the 24-year-old would equal Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina’s women’s record of nine gold medals.


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