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Gymnastics at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Summer Games:

Women's Horse Vault

Gymnastics at the 2016 Summer Games: Previous Summer Games


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 14, 2016

Gold: USA Simone Biles
Silver: RUS Mariya Paseka
Bronze: SUI Giulia Steingruber


[Dipa Karmakar] made history as the first Indian woman to compete in gymnastics at the Olympics and the first Indian in the sport since 1964. In qualifying for the vault final she became the first Indian of either sex ever to qualify for an individual final since the qualification process of limiting the number of gymnasts on each piece of apparatus was introduced at Rome in 1960. Even if she finished eighth it would be the best ever finish by an Indian gymnast. She won the bronze medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games and her performance was enhanced by her execution of the very difficult and dangerous Produnova vault. At the time of the Rio Olympics, Karmakar was one of only five gymnasts to have successfully completed this vault.

The Indian was not fancied for a gold medal, which looked certain to go to the new gymnastic sensation [Simone Biles] of the USA, who was winner of the all-round competition four days earlier. Strangely, Biles only came third on the horse vault at the 2015 World Championships and the two women who finished above her, [Hong Un-jong] of North Korea and [Mariya Paseka] of Russia, were likely to collect the other two medals in Rio. Paseka was the 2015 World Champion and bronze medalist in London 2012. Un-jong was the 2014 World Champion.

Un-jong set the mark, as she was the first to compete, with a score of 14.900, which was not likely to keep her in the lead for long. Remarkably after the next two gymnasts, [Shallon Olsen] of Canada and [Oksana Chusovitina] of Uzbekistan had completed their vaults, Un-jong was still in the lead but then [Wang Yan] of China topped her score with 14.999. [Giulia Steingruber] of Switzerland, who qualified as third best vaulter, became the new leader with 15.216. Then Karmakar went into second place after a Tsukahama gave her 14.866 points and then the Produnova and its difficulty rating of 7.00 gave her 15.266 for a score of 15.066. She was in the silver medal position with just two to go – but what a two; Paseka and Biles.

The Russian was up next and Paseka put in two vaults that yielded similar scores for an average 15.253. Biles headed the qualifiers with 16.050 but couldn’t match that in the final after her very difficult Amanar vault was not quite up to her high standard. Her 15.966, however, still gave her victory by 0.713 points and make it three golds out of three events. To put her winning margin into perspective, the difference between second placed Maria Paseka’s 15.253 and last placed Shallon Olsen’s 14.816 was only 0.437. For bronze medal winner Steinbruger, she had the distinction of becoming the first Swiss gymnast, male or female to win an Olympic medal.

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Final Standings

Rank Athlete Age Team NOC Medal
1 Simone Biles 19 United States USA Gold
2 Mariya Paseka 21 Russia RUS Silver
3 Giulia Steingruber 22 Switzerland SUI Bronze
4 Dipa Karmakar 22 India IND
5 Wang Yan 16 China CHN
6 Hong Un-Jong 27 North Korea PRK
7 Oksana Chusovitina 41 Uzbekistan UZB
8 Shallon Olsen 16 Canada CAN
9 r1/2 Brittany Rogers 23 Canada CAN
10 r1/2 Seda Tutkhalyan 17 Russia RUS
11 r1/2 Ellie Downie 17 Great Britain GBR
12 r1/2 Alexa Moreño 21 Mexico MEX
13 r1/2 Courtney McGregor 17 New Zealand NZL
14 r1/2 Zsófia Kovács 16 Hungary HUN
15 r1/2 Ellie Black 20 Canada CAN
16 r1/2 Sae Miyakawa 16 Japan JPN
17 r1/2 Phan Thị Hà Thanh 24 Vietnam VIE
18 r1/2 Marcia Vidiaux 17 Cuba CUB
19 r1/2 Teja Belak 22 Slovenia SLO