Biles takes Rio title tally to three while Mustafina retains assymetric bars title
Recently crowned all-around champion Simone Biles scooped her third gold medal of Rio 2016 when she soared to victory in the women’s vault final, and Russia's Aliya Mustafina captured the women’s asymmetric bars title.
The American teenager beat world champion Maria Paseka of Russia with a score of 15.966 from her two vaults. Paseka claimed silver and Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber pipped India's Dipa Karmakar to the bronze by 0.15 of a point.
For Biles it was business as usual, with little over-the-top celebration as she captured her third gold of Rio 2016 and remains on track to secure a record haul of five.
Biles said the win was especially satisfying as she has never won the vault in the world championships. “It was good, I feel very excited because having two silvers and a bronze from the Worlds, it means a lot to me. It's something that I wanted so badly,” she said.
There was a little hop of irritation when her opening vault – a notoriously difficult Amanar, which involves a 2-1/2 twisting back somersault – fell short of perfection. But when she launched into the air for a second time, she was foot perfect as she nailed the landing from her Cheng vault, a round off half turn into the table, followed by 1-1/2 twisting front somersault.
Grinning ear-to-ear and high-fiving her coach Aimee Boorman, the remarkable 19-year-old knew that her bid for a record five golds remains squarely on track. Paseka, the silver medallist, acknowledged that even if she had improved on her own performance, Biles current form makes her near unstoppable: “I could have done the second vault better. I want to be first of course, but I look at Simone and I understand at the moment she's untouchable.”
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