On Sunday, newly crowned Olympic all-around champion Suni Lee will compete for the gold medal on the uneven bars. The American could do it – but it must have been a very competitive final at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles announced on Saturday that she was withdrawing from both the vault and bars finals, and she was withdrawing from floor exercise on Sunday, leaving her floor and vault individual medals wide open. American MyKayla Skinner took Biles’ place in the vault and made the most of the opportunity by winning a silver medal in an epic podium battle. On the men’s side, Yul Moldauer of the United States competed on the floor and Alec Yoder competed in pommel horse, both finishing sixth.
It all started at 4 p.m. ET — and we’ve got all the action below with live updates from start to finish.
Men’s pommel horse: Whitlock retains his title
In the final men’s race of the day, three-time Olympic champion Max Whitlock of Great Britain was repeated as Olympic pommel champion.
— United Kingdom Sports (@uk_sport) August 1, 2021
Competing at the tough opening spot, Whitlock’s routine had the highest starting value in the encounter with 7.0, two-tenths higher than his opponents. And it was clean. He also earned the second-highest execution score of the night. 15,583 set a tough bar for the next seven men to pass.
Lee Chih Kai from Taipei of China won the silver medal, and Kazuma Kaya of Japan won the bronze.
The runner-up American Alec Yoder was far from the start of his routine. He immediately had a major out of shape in his routine and later lost focus. His 14,666 was enough to keep him in the medal fight until Lee raced. He finished sixth.
Rhys McClenaghan, who drew attention as Tokyo’s funniest gymnast with his post about “anti-sex beds” in Athlete Village, became the first Irish gymnast to make an Olympic final. Unfortunately, he had difficulty during his routine and fell off the apparatus. He finished seventh. — Alyssa Roenigk
Max Whitlock, United Kingdom – 15,583
Lee Chih-kai, Chinese Taipei – 15,400
Kazuma Kaya, Japan –14,900
David Belyavskiy, ROC – 14,833
Kohei Kameyama, Japan –14,600
Alec Yoder, USA – 14,566
Rhys McClenaghan, Ireland -13,100
Sun Wei, China-13,066
Women’s vault: Andrade continues to surprise and Skinner’s possible Olympic medal
A week ago, MyKayla Skinner thought the Olympic competition had ended in the qualifying round. On Sunday, she won a silver medal on vault at an Olympic podium.
YES HE IS PROUD OF MY GRANDDAD OMG 😭❤️ https://t.co/NNaIkU244U
— Sunisa lee (@sunisalee_) August 1, 2021
Jump into Olympic history! 🇺🇸
If you’ve just woken up and checked your timeline, SMILE, MyKayla Skinner (@mykaylaskinner) I took home 🥈!
— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 1, 2021
Defensive Olympic vault champion Simone Biles, whose retreat placed Skinner in the event, cheered her up loudly from the stands, while Skinner opened the match with a clean Cheng. It was his best house of the Games, and he earned 15,033 during the qualifiers, a higher score than either house. On his second vault, an Amanar, Skinner took a slight jump to the left on his descent, but kept his feet within the bounds, which was good enough for 14.8 and a total of 14,916 points.
Rebeca Andrade of the all-around Olympic silver medalist then competed with two gymnasts with the same vaults and more amplitude, trailing Skinner by just over a tenth of a point and eventually sidelined her for gold. Brazil had not won any Olympic medals in women’s gymnastics until earlier this week, and now Andrade has won two.
— Olympics (@Olympics) August 1, 2021
Unlike qualification and team competition, gymnasts are not given a “one-touch warm-up” or a last-minute opportunity to warm up in the competition apparatus just before the competition. This rule has been much debated, as the talk at these Games focused specifically on athlete health and safety in gymnastics.
Can we bring back the one-tap warmups for the finals, please? please.
Going out and competing with cold muscles is a safety hazard for everyone. we even do
— Laurie Hernandez (@LaurieHernandez) August 1, 2021
In Jade Carey’s first cellar, she missteps on the track as she approaches the springboard and somehow has what it takes to get a pinch off the table. He saved his body from injury, but the mistake ended his night. Gymnastics fans immediately took to Twitter to call for #onetouchfinals. Impressively, Carey regrouped, got back to the start of the runway and put on a beautiful Amanar. His father, Brian, who was also his coach, hugged him tightly and comforted him when it was his turn.
Korean gymnast Yeo Seo-jeong took a jump in her name and won a bronze medal 25 years after her father won the silver medal at the 1996 Games. — Alyssa Roenigk
Rebeca Andrade, Brazil – 15,083
MyKayla Skinner, USA – 14,916
Yeo Seo-jeong, Korea – 14,733
Alexa Moreno, Mexico – 14,716
Angelina Melnikova, ROC – 14,683
Liliia Akhaimova, RO – 14,666
Shallon Olsen, Canada – 13,066
Jade Carey, USA – 12,416
Men’s floor exercise: History for Israel
In the first of four gymnastics event finals held at the Ariake Gymnastics Center on Sunday, Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat won the gold medal on the floor.
This was Israel’s first medal in gymnastics, and the country’s only gold medal at the 2020 Olympics so far, and its third medal overall.
Dolgopyat, who became the 2020 European Champion at the event, continued his dominance on Sunday by getting the highest score in the qualifying rounds. It drew with Rayderley Zapata of Spain, but Dolgopyat won the second tiebreak due to higher difficulty.
Zapata won the silver medal and China’s Ruoteng Xiao won the bronze.
Yul Moldauer, the only American in the competition, finished sixth in eight. He held all but one of his rolling passes, but caught his foot during a skill sequence. –D’Arcy Maine
Artem Dolgopiat, Israel – 14,933
Rayderley Zapata, Spain – 14,933
Ruoteng Xiao, China – 14,766
Sunghyun Ryu, South Korea – 14,233
Milad Karimi, Kazakhstan – 14,133
Yul Moldauer, USA – 13,533
Nikita Nagornyy, PRC – 13,066
Hansol Kim, South Korea – 13,066
Let the individual event finals begin
Sunday is the first day of individual event finals and will be a combination of men’s and women’s competitions. The eight gymnasts with the highest scores from the qualifiers advanced in each event, with a maximum of two per country. But the preliminary scores are now deleted. The highest score on Sunday wins.
Program — you can ask for some coffee for this:
It’s 4 o’clock: men’s coat
04:45 ET: women’s safe
05:45 ET: male pommel horse
06:27 ET: women’s irregular sticks
ready to grab gold
Women’s safe: With the retreat of Olympic jumping champion and two-time world jumping champion Simone Biles, women’s jumping can be very questionable. American MyKayla Skinner replaces Biles, and she and fellow American Jade Carey tied for highest difficulty totals in the qualifying. Both could have won gold, but Skinner’s execution scores were lower than Carey’s in the preliminary round. All-round silver medalist Rebeca Andrade scored between Carey and Skinner in the standings and should also be considered a favourite.
Men pommel horse: The American men’s greatest hope for an Olympic medal comes at this event, with pommel horse expert Alec Yoder qualifying as fourth. Still, it should be noted that the top three qualifiers (Chinese Taipei’s Lee Chih-kai, Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan, and Japan’s Kohei Kameyama) tied with 15,266, with Yoder scoring 15,200. Anyone can have gold here.
Women’s uneven bars: Suni Lee finished second in the qualifying round and has a real shot at gold here, especially since she didn’t show all her hardships that day. Unfortunately, he was withdrawn to compete first, and this was considered a disadvantage in scoring. Watch to see if it consolidates all the early release moves. If he does, he will have the highest difficulty score in the group.
Belgium’s Nina Derwael was at the top of the qualifiers, a two-time world champion in bars and arguably Lee’s biggest threat at the event, but from top to bottom, this whole roster is stacked. Biles had qualified last place; will be replaced by Melanie de Jesus dos Santos from France. -Amy Van Deusen
Looks like I’m going to put Leo in the competition once again. I can’t wait to compete in the Vault finals. doing this for us @Simone_Biles ❤️ Time to go baby!
— MyKayla Skinner (Harmer) (@mykaylaskinner) July 31, 2021
Can you give more information about the Americans?
Yes we can. You’ve probably heard of Suni Lee by now, but even if you haven’t, check out this story about Thursday’s impressive all-round win. Bonus: There’s a must-see video of him and his dad doing backflips. Trust us and have a look.
Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner qualified for Tokyo as individual competitors, and both took crazy rides during these Olympics. While Skinner felt that the Olympic experience was over after the qualifying rounds, Carey replaced Biles when Biles withdrew.