Simone Biles wins gold, Aly Raisman takes silver in women’s all-around – Los Angeles Times

After first rotation

Aly Raisman and Simone Biles both unleashed Amanar’s on their respective vaults, and both had a hop on their landings but the difficulty of the demanding vault resulted in a high score for both.

Biles, in fact, had a hop and big step forward. She received a score of 15.866 and Raisman 15.633. Opening the vault rotation was crowd favorite Rebeca Andrade, of Brazil, who pleased her many supporters with a 15.566.

After one rotation, Biles was in first place, followed by Raisman, Andrade and Elisabeth Seitz of Germany, who opened on the uneven bars.

Before the event

Will the Rio Olympic Arena be the site of a coronation of U.S. star Simone Biles in the women’s all-around gymnastics final on Thursday?

Biles already has one gold medal,  having led the U.S. women to the team title on Tuesday. She is the heavy favorite to double her gold-medal output and could possibly win three more in individual events next week.

But first, the all-around.

Think of it as the decathlon of women’s gymnastics. Biles and her gifted U.S. teammate Aly Raisman start in the same rotation, on the vault, before moving to the uneven bars, the balance beam and then finish with the floor exercise.

The defending Olympic gold medalist in the all around, U.S. gymnast Gabby Douglas, did not make the all-around final,as rules dictate each country can only qualify two gymnasts.

Raisman finished fourth in London, losing the bronze to Russian gymnast Aliya Mustafina on a tiebreaker. Mustafina happens to be in the same rotation as Biles and Raisman today.

Biles and her camp have been treating the Olympics like another World Championships, logical considering she has won the all-around at the worlds the last three years.

In 2015, Biles beat Douglas by more than a point at the championships in Glasgow, Scotland. The bronze went to Larisa Iordache of Romania, who is not in the all-around final in Rio. Shang Chunsong of China and Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland finished fourth and fifth, respectively, and both are at the Rio Olympics in the all-around.

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