On Monday, gymnastics event finals started up again at the Tokyo Olympics with men’s vault and rings and women’s floor. After a stunning floor performance, American Jade Carey became an Olympic champion.
Tuesday morning will mark the last time we get to watch our favorite gymnasts compete at the Tokyo Olympics. The final day of gymnastics event finals promises to be special as Simone Biles makes her return to the competition floor. The 24-year-old withdrew from the women’s team final and other individual events to focus on her mental health upon experiencing the “twisties”.
Biles, who earned a bronze medal in beam at the 2016 Rio Games, joins all-around gold medalist Suni Lee in her quest for one more piece of hardware.
If you’ve been following gymnastics at the Games thus far, you already know the action gets underway incredibly early. You also know we’ll have you covered with live updates throughout:
One more time
And just like that, we’re on to the last day of apparatus finals. All-around champions Hashimoto Daiki (Japan) and Suni Lee (USA) are back in action as titles will be decided on parallel bars, balance beam, and horizontal bar. Not to take away from American men’s gymnasts Sam Mikulak (parallel bars) and Brody Malone (horizontal bar), but all eyes will be on the last event of the women’s individual finals, because Simone Biles is back. The GOAT joins newly minted gold medalist Suni Lee in representing for Team USA on the beam.
Beam is the lone apparatus where past results haunt Biles. Despite being the reigning world champion on beam, it was the only event of Rio 2016 in which the four-time Olympic gold medalist made a real mistake (she still won the bronze).
As for Lee, she was third in qualification behind specialist Guan Chenchen (China) and Tang Xijing (China), who represent a country still searching for its first women’s individual medal of these Games. China’s only gold on balance beam to date was won by Deng Linlin at London 2012.
4 a.m. ET: Men’s parallel bars
4:50 a.m. ET: Women’s beam
5:39 a.m. ET: Men’s high bar
Shin ekes out gold, with superhuman vaulting on display across the board
The competition was full of mind-boggling vaults, but in the end, South Korea’s Shin Jeahwan edged ROC team’s Denis Abliazin for the gold medal. Though the two tied in average score, Shin won the tiebreak because he had the highest single score on a vault (a 14.833 for his front handspring 2½ twist vs. Abliazin’s 14.800 for his Tsukahara double pike).
— FIG (@gymnastics) August 2, 2021
Armenia’s Artur Davtyan won the first Olympic medal in gymnastics for his country with a bronze and a 14.733 average. Turkey’s Adem Asil threw a jaw-dropping front handspring double pike half to earn a 15.266, the highest score of any vault in any round of the Olympics. But he put his hands down on his second vault, a Tsukahara double pike, and ended up sixth. — Amy Van Deusen
Shin Jeahwan, Korea – 14.783
Denis Abliazin, ROC -…