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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 20, 2016: After four years as the perennial silver medallist in international competition, Margarita Mamun finally got her golden moment. On the Olympic stage in Rio Mamun surpassed teammate Yana Kudryavtseva, who had gone undefeated at the World Championships since her senior debut in 2013.
The 20-year-old succeeds Yulia Barsukova (2000), Alina Kabayeva (2004) and Evgeniya Kanaeva (2008 and 2012) as the fourth consecutive Russian gymnast to wear the Olympic crown.
Concentrated from her fingernails to the tips of her toes, Mamun turned in four scores over 19 points -- the golden benchmark in Rhythmic Gymnastics -- in the final to finish ahead of the three-time World champion, who has been her greatest friend and rival.
Kudryavtseva, nicknamed "the Angel with Iron Wings" for her balletic style and steadfastness, came to Rio as the favorite for the title. As expected, the 18-year-old led at the halfway point of the competition but made a fatal mistake at the end of her Clubs routine when she missed a catch. It was her only error of the night, but it was serious enough to take her out of contention for the gold.
Mamun didn't miss her chance. She saved her best for last, delivering her highest score of the competition with the Ribbon to seal the gold. The first to greet her as she came off the floor was her personal coach Amina Zaripova, who 20 years ago finished fourth in this competition at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.

An Olympic medal at last for Rizatdinova
The Russian duel left just one podium spot up for grabs, and the three expected contenders -- Ukraine's Ganna Rizatdinova, Korea's Son Yeon Jae and Belarus's Melitina Staniouta -- went after it with all they had. After a slightly shaky start with the Hoop, it was Rizatdinova who grew stronger as the afternoon went on. In taking bronze four years after her disappointing 10th place finish in London, the two-time World medallist made good on her bid to win an Olympic medal.
Son, fifth in London, moved up a place in the ranking, a new best-ever finish for a Korean gymnast at the Olympic Games. As the 2015 World bronze medallist, Belarus's Melitina Staniouta began as a potential podium contender, but after two mistakes with the Clubs she could only shake her head at her fifth place finish.

Spain leads in Group qualification
Spain took its only Olympic title in Rhythmic Group Gymnastics in 1996, the first time the event was held at the Games. Twenty years later, the Spanish Group (Sandra Aguilar, Artemi Gavezou, Elena Lopez, Lourdes Mohedano and Alejandra Quereda) shimmied to first place in the qualification round in Rio Saturday, ahead of the Russians, whose team has won every Olympic gold since 2000.
The Russian Group (Anastastia Maksimova, Anastasia Tatareva, Maria Tolkacheva, Anastasia Bliznyuk and Vera Biriukova) led after the first of two routines (5 Ribbons), but turned in only the sixth best performance in their second exercise (2 Hoops/3 Pairs of Clubs), allowing the Spaniards to seize the lead by 0.233. Belarus (Hannah Dudzenkova, Maria Kadobina, Maryia Katsiak, Valeryia Pischelina and Arina Tsitsilina) finished third.
Italy, Japan, Israel, Bulgaria and Ukraine rounded out the eight Groups to qualify for Sunday's final, ejecting host nation Brazil, Germany, China, Uzbekistan, Greece and the United States.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 16, 2016: Biles floors the competition for fourth gold
Simone Biles's Olympic finals ended as they began, with the American champion atop the podium, a gold medal around her neck. After golds with the U.S. team, in the All-around and on Vault as well as bronze on Beam, the 19-year-old took her fourth Olympic title for her samba flavored Floor routine Tuesday, finishing comfortably ahead of her teammate, 2012 Floor champion Alexandra Raisman.
The U.S. sensation hereby joins an exclusive club of women to have won four golds in Gymnastics at a single Games: Agnes Keleti (HUN, 1956, including gold for Team portable apparatus, an event contested for the last time that year), Larisa Latynina (URS, 1956), Vera Caslavska (TCH, 1968) and Ekaterina Szabo (ROU, 1984).
Raisman, 22, was all smiles as she accepted her sixth Olympic medal, her third of these Games. Tumbling to bronze, Amy Tinkler, the youngest British athlete in Rio, earned her nation's second Olympic medal in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, four years after Elisabeth Tweddle made history with the same colour.

Gold at last for Verniaiev...
After coming within a toepoint of defeating Japan's Kohei Uchimura for the All-around title, 22-year-old Oleg Verniaiev finally got to stand on the top step of the podium on his best event, Parallel Bars. The 2014 World champion on the apparatus locked down his first Olympic gold - only his second major international title - after reigning World champion You Hao took himself out of contention with a fall on his dismount.
Danell Leyva has medalled at every Olympics and World Championships he's attended for the past five years. The 24-year-old American continued his streak Tuesday with silver, much to the delight of his coach and stepfather Yin Alvarez, who danced for joy from the sidelines. The 2011 World Parallel Bars champion was originally an alternate to the U.S. team, but was called in to replace injured teammate John Orozco just before the Games.
Often a finalist but rarely a medallist in major international competition, David Belyavskiy finally climbed onto an individual podium with bronze, one week after his silver with the Russian team.

...and for High Bar king Hambuechen
After four Olympic Games and a decade as the leader of the German team, Fabian Hambuechen finally has his long-awaited gold, at 28. The 2007 World champion on High Bar won bronze in 2008 and silver in 2012 but considered himself over the hill before the Rio Games, which he says will be his last. He nevertheless qualified first to the final.
The expected duel between Hambuechen and London gold medallist Epke Zonderland never materialized: "The flying Dutchman" fell to his stomach after a risky release combination and finished seventh. The challenge came instead from Leyva, whose performance gave him his second Olympic silver of the afternoon and third overall medal.
Britain's Nile Wilson, just 20 and in his first Olympics, took full advantage of his only individual event final, nailing his routine for bronze.

USA dethrones China to top medal table
China has been the dominant nation at the past two Olympic Games, but in Rio the USA, led by Biles, was number one with 12 overall medals. Their haul includes four golds, along with six silvers and two bronzes. Following up on their stunning success in London in 2012, Great Britain surpassed itself with its best-ever results, ending with six medals, including two historic golds, their first in Artistic Gymnastics. Until the very last moment the Russians weren't certain to take part in the Games, but they proudly collected eight medals, though just one title. With only two bronzes, China dropped to the 11th on the medal table, behind host Brazil.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office, Aug 13, 2016: Belarusian prodigy Uladzislau Hancharou ended a nine-year undefeated run by Chinese gymnasts in Olympic and World Trampoline competition Saturday in Rio, capturing the gold medal over 2012 Olympic champion Dong Dong and 2015 World Champion Gao Lei.

Hancharou jumps to the crown
Two years ago, at only 18, Hancharou made a name for himself by bouncing to bronze at the World Championships. A year later, he took silver behind Gao Lei. He confirmed his status as a contender who could beat the Chinese with a victory at the Test Event in the Olympic Arena in April.
In the hour of decision, Hancharou performed with elegance. Second in qualification behind Gao, the 20-year-old Belarussian delivered a squeaky clean if less difficult routine compared to the Chinese in the final to take gold, his country's first Olympic title in the sport.

Third Olympic medal completes the set for Dong Dong
After bronze in Beijing in 2008 and gold in London in 2012, Dong Dong was decked in silver this time, becoming the first gymnast to gather a complete set of Olympic medals in Trampoline. The triple World champion, 27, may not have won the title in Rio, but he was delighted to be on the podium, where he has stood at all World Championships and Olympic Games between 2007 and 2014.

Gao Lei's airshow merits bronze
As the reigning World champion, armed with a routine of incredible difficulty and amplitude, Gao Lei came to Rio as a serious contender for gold. The 23-year-old led after the qualification round, but in the final, he had control problems and wasn't able to count on his strengths -- time of flight and the highest difficulty score of the field -- to make the difference. As a result, he settled for bronze in his first Olympic appearance.


RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 15, 2016: Dutch delight
After two World titles and the top qualification score, Simone Biles was expected to win her fourth Olympic gold on Balance Beam Monday. But an uncharacteristic slip left the door open for someone else, and Sanne Wevers spun her way to the title. The 2015 World silver medallist brought the Netherlands its second Olympic medal in Women's Gymnastics, 88 years after the Dutch team's victory in 1928.
Unlike her rivals, Wevers relied on complicated turns rather than flips to compile the highest difficulty score of any routine in the final and her touch of elegance helped withstand the challenge from Lauren Hernandez, the other American contender. The 16-year-old earned silver, her second medal after gold with the U.S. team last week.
After a dozen flawless routines and three gold medals, Biles finally made a mistake, grabbing the beam to stay on after an underrotated front somersault.
Her bronze medal performance ended Biles's quest to become the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at a single Games, but the All-around, Vault and Team champion can make it four in Tuesday's Floor final.

The new Lord of the Rings is Greek
The rings crown concludes an Olympic odyssey for Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias, who in April was the first to carry the Olympic torch as it made its way from Olympia to Rio.
Clean execution was the key for reigning World Still Rings champion as he trumped 2012 Olympic champion Arthur Zanetti to deprive Brazil's "Lord of the Rings" of a second consecutive gold after London. Petrounias, Zanetti and bronze medallist Denis Abliazin of Russia performed equally difficult routines, but Petrounias ended his flawless exercise with a stuck dismount.

Three years at the top for Ri
After gold on Vault at the 2014 and 2015 World Championships, Ri Se Gwang of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea made it three in a row. At his first Olympics after a decade on the international scene, Ri demonstrated his mastery of the vault that bears his name, landing both of his jumps with little trouble.
Barely had he come down from the podium than Abliazin was back on it for his second medal ceremony of the day. The Russian captured silver, just as he did four years ago in London, to bring his tally to five Olympic medals.
Bronze medallist Kenzo Shirai may not have won, but the Japanese gymnast nicknamed "Mr. Twist" still managed to leave a unique mark on the final. The 20-year-old successfully performed a vault never before seen in competition, which will bear his name from now on.

Disappointment for Romanian stars
After the traditionally strong Romanian programme failed to qualify a men's or women' s team to the Rio Olympic Games, Marian Dragulescu and Catalina Ponor attempted to recreate the medal-winning performances that made both of them stars at past Games. Dragulescu, who owns three medals from the 2004 Olympics, finished with the chocolate medal on Vault. The pioneer of the eponymous Dragulescu vault jumped to the same overall score as Shirai, but lost a tiebreaker that favors the gymnast with the highest score on either of their two vaults.
Twelve years after winning three golds in Athens, Ponor managed to qualify for the Beam final. But a wobbly routine left her seventh and well out of medal contention.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug12, 2016: Canada's Rosie MacLennan did it again, winning her second consecutive Olympic gold medal in women's trampoline Friday in Rio.
MacLennan's trampoline victory four years ago in London gave Canada its only gold at those Games.
The King City, Ont., native was Canada's flag-bearer at last week's opening ceremony in Rio, and her gold is the second by a Canadian at these Olympics. Swimmer Penny Oleksiak won Canada's first gold on Thursday night.
MacLennan's 56.545 score bested all others among the eight competitors who made the final after two rounds of qualifiers.
Britain's Bryony Page, who was the second athlete to compete in the final, was the leader for much of the round with a score of 56.040. MacLennan, who went third last, bumped Page into the silver-medal spot.
China's Li Dan followed MacLennan's routine with a score of 55.885, which earned her the bronze medal.
"I had a bit of a shaky preliminary round so I came into the final ... trying to stay high," she told CBC after her performance.
"When I was done I looked over at [my coach] … he had a smile on his face and that's the first indication that I did all right."
Not bad for someone who nearly had her Rio plan derailed after a pair of head injuries last year.
MacLennan battled headaches, vision issues and occasionally mixed up her words. She took some time off and was eventually cleared to return, but her confidence needed to be restored.
"In some ways it was really tough," MacLennan said. "But it was also a reminder of how much I really did love the sport. Because if I didn't, I would have given up."
MacLennan is the first repeat Olympic champion in the sport, which has been an Olympic event since the Sydney Games in 2000.
Canada has now earned a medal in the event at every Olympic Games where it has been held, with Karen Cockburn winning a bronze in 2000 and then two silvers in 2004 and then 2008 before Rosie MacLennan won back to back in 2012 and 2016.
"I knew I was giving everything I had to give myself the best chance," MacLennan said. "I hoped I was capable of it. I just really wanted to keep pushing and to keep working."

RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug 14, 2016: Their names will go down in history
Ten months after becoming the first British man to be crowned World champion (Pommel Horse), Max Whitlock inked the most glorious page in United Kingdom Gymnastics history. In the space of two hours, Whitlock won Britain's first -- and its second -- Olympic gold medals, draping himself in the Union Jack after both Floor Exercise and Pommel Horse, where he deprived his compatriot Louis Smith of becoming an Olympic champion in his own right by 0.133 points.
Winner of the bronze medal in the All-around Wednesday, Whitlock, 23, brought his Olympic tally to five. Smith won his fourth medal, his third in a row on Pommel Horse, ahead of American Alex Naddour.
Elsewhere, Giulia Steingruber banked her nation's first ever Olympic medal in Women's Artistic Gymnastics with a bronze medal finish on Vault.

The golden parade continues for Biles
Simone Biles had already dominated the Team finals with the U.S. women and the All-around final on her own. On Sunday the American crushed the Vault final. The 19-year-old Texan, who already holds a record 10 World titles in Women's Artistic Gymnastics, had never done better than silver on this apparatus on the international stage.
Using an upgraded second Vault to her full advantage, Biles surpassed Russia's Maria Paseka, the 2015 World champion and London 2012 bronze medallist, who took silver, her fourth Olympic medal, and Steingruber. 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong (PRK) ranked sixth after falling on a risky new vault.

Mustafina, the girl with the golden swing
Can Aliya Mustafina replicate her Olympic medal collection? Just as she did in London, the Russian star swung to gold on the Uneven Bars after winning silver with her team and bronze in the All-Around. All she has left is to rank third in Tuesday's event final on Floor, where she harvested bronze four years ago.
Mustafina performed early in the eight woman final, but her score held fast against challenges from 2015 World champion Madison Kocian of the USA and Germany's Sophie Scheder, who claimed silver and bronze.

Brazilian fiesta on the Floor
They may not have won the title, but 2005 and 2007 World Floor champion Diego Hypolito and Arthur Mariano brought the home crowd to a boil by winning silver and bronze on Floor, Brazil's second and third medals in Gymnastics after Arthur Zanetti's Rings triumph in 2012.
The Rio Olympic Arena resembled Maracana Stadium during a football game as reigning world champion Kenzo Shirai of Japan stacked up imperfect landings on his highly difficult tumbling passes, taking himself out of the running. Suffering from a backache, two-time Olympic All-around champion Kohei Uchimura was not able to attain his usual score either. The silver medallist on Floor from London 2012 finished fifth, just behind Shirai.

For Chusovitina, a 7th place to close out her 7th Olympics
Golden in 1992 with the Unified Team in Barcelona, Oksana Chusovitina completed her seventh (and last?) Olympic Games Sunday with a seventh place finish on Vault. At 41, the Uzbek risked the most difficult vault in the code of points, but could not secure her landing. That left Chusovitina's execution score too weak to enable the 2008 Olympic silver medallist on Vault to score a last medal.

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RIO DE JANEIRO (BRA), AGU Office Aug11, 2016:That this was expected makes it no less remarkable.
Simone Biles accomplished what has been long predicted, winning the Olympic all-around competition here at Rio Olympic Arena on Thursday.
Her win gave the American’s the Olympic all-around title for the fourth consecutive time, extending a streak that began in 2004.
It was the first major international meet where she trailed at any point, but it hardly mattered as she scored 62.198 to win by 2.1 points.
Teammate Aly Raisman, who took silver, knew Biles would take the title by a comfortable margin. Russia’s Aliya Mustafina claimed bronze.
“Just to be able to have that with her and to experience it, it’s really going to be special,” Raisman said after qualifying on Sunday. “I go into it knowing that I hope that she wins just because she wins every single competition.”
That’s no exaggeration. Biles’ Olympic all-around gold is the latest in a long line that have made her the greatest gymnast in her sport’s history.
Biles helped the Final Five to team gold here on Tuesday. It was one of three team golds that she’s been part of since the London Olympics.
Biles herself as won the past three all-around competitions at the world championships. During that run, she won a record 10 gold medals and 14 overall.
Biles, 19, has won every all-around competition she has entered since August 2013, a streak that includes four consecutive U.S. titles.
As she has throughout that run, Biles stayed far ahead of the field by performing the most difficult gymnastics with some of the best execution. Her margin of victory was nearly double the largest she’s had in winning the major international all-around competition each year.
Biles trailed Mustafina by 0.034 after the second rotation, during which both were on uneven bars. That’s Mustafina’s best event and Biles’ worst.
She pulled away from there, taking first place by more than 1.8 points after balance beam. On floor, she was spectacular, putting together her usual soaring, technically difficult routine to earn the highest score of the day.
Raisman, meanwhile, was fourth after two rotations, but moved into third on beam and took silver thanks to a floor routine that was second only to Biles’.
The Americans finished first and second for the first time since 2008 when Nastia Liukin and Shawn Johnson claimed gold and silver, respectively. It was Raisman’s first Olympic all-around medal after she lost a tiebreaker for third in London four years ago.
As Raisman came off floor, she sobbed and waved to the crowd. When Biles came off, the teammates embraced each other, the persistently bubbly Biles crying in Raisman’s arms.
The Americans are and have been the best in the world for quite some time. They were expected to go home with these medals, but those expectations couldn’t make this feel any less sweet.
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The Chinese SHANG Chunsong got the fourth place with 58.549 pts

1- BILES Simone USA 62.198 pts
2- RAISMAN Alexandra USA 60.098 pts
3- MUSTAFINA Aliya RUS 58.665 pts



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