Biles confidently grabs the gold

10.10.2019 21:02 Uhr

Simone Biles & Sunisa Lee (USA)

The top squad alongside Simone Biles, Sunisa Lee, Tang Xijing, Li Shijia, Melanie De Jesus dos Santos and Angelina Melnikova started their competition strongly on vault. However on the second apparatus came the big surprise. Sunisa Lee had a fall on uneven bars and opened the door for the other medal contenders. Only minutes later, Melanie de Jesus dos Santos from France also fell – twice. 

The beam rotation ended without falls. Although Lee and De Jesus dos Santos had consistent routines, they couldn’t find their way back into leading positions. The dream of winning an all-around medal remained a dream. Lee had to settle for 8th place behind the Brazilian Flavia Saraiva, but Dos Santos finished 20th. Unphased by the bad luck of her fellow campaigners was Simone Biles. She finished her competition without falls or major mistakes and won gold, 2.1 points ahead of the Chinese Tang Xijing, who was the big surprise of the day. She replaced teammate Liu Tingting and showed a very strong performance to win the silver medal. 

Angelina Melnikova from Russia finished in third position after solid performances. A medal she’d been close to in the last two World Championships. I am very happy that now I have got a medal in the individual competition. This is my very first individual medal.“ Ellie Black from Canada was fourth but suffered an injury on her last event and entered the medal ceremony on crutches. 

The Belgian Nina Derwael can be satisfied with her competition and became fifth in the ranking. Also the Germans managed a solid competition and finished in a well-deserved sixth place by Elisabeth Seitz and Sarah Voss in tenth position. A great success for the German duo. 


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