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Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Balance Beam

Gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games

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Host City: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Venue(s): Rio Olympic Arena, Barra Olympic Park, Barra da Tijuca, Rio de Janeiro
Date Started: August 7, 2016
Date Finished: August 15, 2016

Gold: NED Sanne Wevers
Silver: USA Laurie Hernandez
Bronze: USA Simone Biles

Summary

[Simone Biles] was again the clear favourite and her quest to become the first woman to win five gold medals at one Olympics continued. The bronze medalist on the beam at the 2013 World championships, she won gold in 2014 and 2015 and was the highest placed qualifier in Rio. Just behind her, qualifying in second place, was her fellow American [Laurie Hernandez], who only joined the senior US team in 2016. Had the two-gymnasts-per-country rule not applied, the US would have had four of the eight finalists because [Aly Raisman] and [Gabby Douglas] both finished in the top eight qualifiers. Local Brazilian favourite [Flávia Saraiva] was on form going into the final and was third in qualifying.

Biles was third to go and started off magnificently as always but then, going for a forward somersault, she wobbled on landing on the beam and had to use both hands to hold on and stop herself slipping onto the floor. She was awarded 14.733 points, nearly a point less than her qualification mark, and her total was there to be beaten by the remaining five girls. The first to have a go at overhauling Biles was [Sanne Wevers] of Netherlands, the runner-up to Biles in the 2015 Worlds and winner of the Olympic Test Event in Rio, and she gave a near perfect performance including a triple, to score 15.466 and go well ahead at the top of the leader board, thus ending Biles’ dream of five golds.

[Cătălina Ponor] of Romania did nothing to change the medal positions with her 14.000, but Laurie Hernandez moved into the silver medal position above Biles with 15.333. Biles was now in danger of losing her bronze medal with [Marine Boyer] of France and Brazil’s Saraiva still to go, but the best either could muster was a 14.600 from Boyer, as Biles held on for bronze. Wevers became the first Dutch female gymnast to win an individual gold medal, only their second individual gold medal winner, after [Epke Zonderland] on the men’s horizontal bar at London 2012, and only their third gold medallist ever after their women won the all-round team competition in 1928. Whilst Wevers took gold, it turned out the only person capable of beating Simone Biles was herself as she proved she was not super-human after all.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Sanne Wevers 24 Netherlands NED Gold
2 Laurie Hernandez 16 United States USA Silver
3 Simone Biles 19 United States USA Bronze
4 Marine Boyer 16 France FRA
5 Flávia Saraiva 16 Brazil BRA
6 Fan Yilin 16 China CHN
7 Cătălina Ponor 28 Romania ROU
8 Isabela Onyshko 18 Canada CAN
7T r1/2 Gabby Douglas 20 United States USA
7T r1/2 Aly Raisman 22 United States USA
11 r1/2 Ellie Downie 17 Great Britain GBR
12 r1/2 Amy Tinkler 16 Great Britain GBR
13 r1/2 Tutya Yılmaz 17 Turkey TUR
14 r1/2 Seda Tutkhalyan 17 Russia RUS
15 r1/2 Pauline Schäfer 19 Germany GER
16 r1/2 Lieke Wevers 24 Netherlands NED
17 r1/2 Shang Chunsong 20 China CHN
18 r1/2 Eythora Thorsdottir 17 Netherlands NED
19T r1/2 Daniele Hypólito 31 Brazil BRA
19T r1/2 Darya Spiridonova 18 Russia RUS
21 r1/2 Tabea Alt 16 Germany GER
22 r1/2 Rebeca Andrade 17 Brazil BRA
23T r1/2 Marine Brevet 21 France FRA
23T r1/2 Elisa Meneghini 19 Italy ITA
25 r1/2 Aiko Sugihara 16 Japan JPN
26 r1/2 Wang Yan 16 China CHN
27 r1/2 Emma Larsson 17 Sweden SWE
28T r1/2 Nina Derwael 16 Belgium BEL
28T r1/2 Laura Waem 18 Belgium BEL
30 r1/2 Jessica López 30 Venezuela VEN
31 r1/2 Elisabeth Seitz 22 Germany GER
32 r1/2 Filipa Martins 20 Portugal POR
33 r1/2 Gaëlle Mys 24 Belgium BEL
34 r1/2 Mai Murakami 19 Japan JPN
35 r1/2 Céline van Gerner 21 Netherlands NED
36 r1/2 Phan Thị Hà Thanh 24 Vietnam VIE
37 r1/2 Yuki Uchiyama 18 Japan JPN
38 r1/2 Rune Hermans 17 Belgium BEL
39 r1/2 Asuka Teramoto 20 Japan JPN
40 r1/2 Louise Vanhille 17 France FRA
41 r1/2 Oréane Lechenault 15 France FRA
42 r1/2 Jade Barbosa 25 Brazil BRA
43 r1/2 Ana Pérez 18 Spain ESP
44 r1/2 Ellie Black 20 Canada CAN
45 r1/2 Brittany Rogers 23 Canada CAN
46 r1/2 Lisa Ecker 23 Austria AUT
47 r1/2 Ana Sofía Gómez 20 Guatemala GUA
48 r1/2 Claudia Fragapane 18 Great Britain GBR
49 r1/2 Isabella Amado 19 Panama PAN
50 r1/2 Oksana Chusovitina 41 Uzbekistan UZB
51 r1/2 Alexa Moreño 21 Mexico MEX
52 r1/2 Beckie Downie 24 Great Britain GBR
53 r1/2 Houry Gebeshian 27 Armenia ARM
54 r1/2 Angelina Melnikova 16 Russia RUS
55 r1/2 Rose Woo 16 Canada CAN
56 r1/2 Carlotta Ferlito 21 Italy ITA
57 r1/2 Vasiliki Millousi 32 Greece GRE
58 r1/2 Marisa Dick 19 Trinidad and Tobago TTO
59 r1/2 Aliya Mustafina 21 Russia RUS
60 r1/2 Simona Castro 27 Chile CHI
61 r1/2 Courtney McGregor 17 New Zealand NZL
62 r1/2 Sophie Scheder 19 Germany GER
63 r1/2 Erika Fasana 20 Italy ITA
64 r1/2 Irina Sazonova 24 Iceland ISL
65 r1/2 Dipa Karmakar 22 India IND
66 r1/2 Sherine El-Zeiny 25 Egypt EGY
67 r1/2 Ariana Orrego 17 Peru PER
68 r1/2 Giulia Steingruber 22 Switzerland SUI
69 r1/2 Anhelina Kysla 25 Ukraine UKR
70 r1/2 Lee Eun-Ju 17 South Korea KOR
71 r1/2 Katarzyna Jurkowska-Kowalska 24 Poland POL
72 r1/2 Zsófia Kovács 16 Hungary HUN
73 r1/2 Toni-Ann Williams 20 Jamaica JAM
74 r1/2 Barbora Mokošová 19 Slovakia SVK
75 r1/2 Vanessa Ferrari 25 Italy ITA
76 r1/2 Marcia Vidiaux 17 Cuba CUB
77 r1/2 Ana Đerek 17 Croatia CRO
78 r1/2 Ailen Valente 20 Argentina ARG
79 r1/2 Ellis O'Reilly 18 Ireland IRL
80 r1/2 Farah Boufadene 17 Algeria ALG
81 r1/2 Kylie Dickson 17 Belarus BLR
82 r1/2 Catalina Elena Escobar 25 Colombia COL