8.15.16: More gold for Biles
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles has become the first American female gymnast to win three gold medals in one Olympics, and the first to claim one on the vault.
Biles will head back from Rio de Janeiro with a least three golds after easily winning the women’s vault final. She averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia.
Biles will have a chance at more gold when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.
But the run of Olympic gold by the U.S. gymnastics team ended when Russia’s Aliya Mustafina edged American Madison Kocian in the uneven bars. Mustafina’s score of 15.900 less than one-tenth better than Kocian’s. The U.S. women’s gymnastics team had won every gold medal available in Rio before Mustafina successfully defended her Olympic title.
Meanwhile, the world’s fastest man remains the reigning Olympic champion.
Usain Bolt is the first person to win three straight Olympic 100-meter titles. The Jamaican separated himself from the field over the final 30 meters and won in 9.81 seconds, beating American Justin Gatlin by eight-hundredths of a second.
It’s the seventh overall Olympic gold medal for Bolt, who came to Rio not having run a 100 since June 30 due to a bad left hamstring.
Elsewhere at the Rio Games:
— South Africa’s Wayde van Niekerk has won the Olympic 400-meter title in a world-record 43.03 seconds, lowering the mark set by Michael Johnson in 1999. Van Niekerk started from the outside lane and stormed out of the blocks before holding off 2012 Olympic champion Kirani James and 2008 winner LaShawn Merritt of the U.S.
— World champion Allyson Felix ran a season-best 49.67 seconds to lead the qualifiers into the women’s 400-meter final. This is Felix’s lone event after failing to make the U.S. team.
— The Olympic tennis champ is Britain’s Andy Murray, who was a 7-5, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner against Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina. Murray is the first player to win two Olympic singles titles.
— Kei Nishikori gave Japan its first Olympic tennis medal in 86 years by downing 2008 champion Rafael Nadal 6-2, 6-7, 6-3 in the men’s bronze medal match.
— Venus Williams was denied her record fifth tennis gold medal when she and partner Rajeev Ram lost to fellow Americans Bethanie Mattek-Sands and Jack Sock 10-7 in a tiebreak. It’s the second medal of the Rio Games for Sock, who won bronze in men’s doubles with Steve Johnson.
— Justin Rose of Great Britain won the gold medal in men’s golf, the first one awarded since 1904 in St. Louis. Rose closed with a 3-foot birdie on 18 for a 4-under 67 and a two-stroke victory over Henrik Stenson. Matt Kuchar of the U.S. won the bronze with a final-round 63.
— American Alexander Naddour captured bronze in the men’s pommel horse, the first medal by an American in the event since 1984. Great Britain’s Max Whitlock outscored teammate and rival Louis Smith for his second gold medal in an hour.
— The U.S. men’s and women’s basketball teams remain unbeaten at Rio. The men’s team squeezed out a 100-97 triumph over France as Klay Thompson drained seven 3-pointers in scoring a team-high 30 points. The U.S. squad has won its last three games by an average of just five points. The women’s team had an easier time of it as Tina Charles scored 12 of her 18 points in the first quarter of a 105-62 rout of China. The Americans won their five group games by an average of 40.8 points.
— American swimmer Ryan Lochte has told NBC’s “Today” show that armed robbers posing as policemen put a gun to his head and took his money in Rio de Janeiro. Lochte says they were told to get down on the ground, but he didn’t and they put a gun to his forehead. He says the robbers took money and his wallet, but left his cell phone.
— The U.S. continues to lead the medal counts, increasing their total to 26 gold and 69 overall. China and Britain are tied for second with 15 gold medals, with China all alone in second with 45 overall medals.