More gold for Biles

United States' Simone Biles smiles on the podium after winning vault gold during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

United States’ Simone Biles smiles on the podium after winning vault gold during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016. (AP Photo/Dmitri Lovetsky)

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 later this week 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.

Speak Your Mind

*


More From CapeCod.com