OLYMPICS – Biles miles ahead of the rest
American gymnast Simone Biles produced a stunning performance to win the women’s all-around Olympic gold medal Thursday.
Biles, 19, who has won 10 World Championship medals since 2013, scored 62.198 to win her second Olympic medal by a margin of more than two points.
Compatriot Alexandra Raisman got silver with Russia’s Aliya Mustafina third.
Great Britain’s Ellie Downie came 13th, narrowly missing out on becoming the best performing female British gymnast in an Olympic all-around final.
Britain’s Max Whitlock had won a bronze medal in the men’s event on Wednesday, but Downie’s medal hopes ended with a poor score on her third apparatus, the uneven bars, before she made another error on beam.
Those mistakes saw her drop down from seventh to 13th, to miss out on emulating her sister Becky Downie, who came 12th in the all-around final at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Biles went ahead after the first of four disciplines with a score of 15.866 on vault, although she dropped back to second following an effort of 14.966 on the uneven bars, with Mustafina moving into the lead at the halfway point.
Nevertheless, Biles regained the advantage with a score of 15.433 on beam, before she ended with her best tally, 15.933, on the floor.
Biles, of Spring, Texas, joins Carly Patterson (2004), Nastia Liukin (2008) and Gabby Douglas (2012) in a string of American all-around champions at the Summer Games. She led the U.S. to team gold on Tuesday and will compete in three individual event finals – floor exercise, balance beam and vault-giving her a chance to leave Rio with five gold medals.
The title also extended Biles’ string of all-around championships at major competitions. She has won the past three world championships and the past four U.S. titles. Her 14 world championships medals are the most in U.S. history, and her 10 golds are the most won by any gymnast.