Home-girl Rebecca Andrade showed the difficulty of an Amanar, the much improved work of the Brazilian Team on uneven bars (due in great part to their head coach Alexander Alexandrov) the necessary mental toughness to stay on the beam and a delightful Floor routine to a Beyoncé mix. All of this for an 11th place finish.
Her result was just one place below what Rio-teammate and Rio-born gymnast Jade Barbosa achieved in Beijing 2008 when she finished 10th. Sadly for Jade she did not manage to finish her competition as she was injured during her Floor Exercise routine, yet an updated report for Jade informs that she does not have a major injury.
Giulia Steingruber stood fourth after three rotations but with her remaining event being bars she dropped to 10th place however Giulia’s result is the best result for a Swiss gymnast in the all-around at a fully attended Olympics. Let’s remember Swiss gymnast Romy Kessler finished 9th in the all-around in 1984 however the Soviet gymnasts were absent from those Games.
Eythora Thorsdottir, who had turned 18 the day before the all-around final, graced the Floor with the elegance the Dutch Team has showed to finish a solid 9th.
Asuka Teramoto will be happy to have finished in 8th place, a result she would like to repeat in four years time at the home Olympics of Tokyo 2020.
Jessica López, who has long lived and trained in the United States, gave her country their best result in history with a 7th place finish, the same as Elsabeth Black who finished 5th after an amazing vault.
Wang Yan finished a stable but quiet sixth with her teammate Shang Chunsong jumping from a 20th place in the qualification round to a hardly fought 4th place finish. For Shang this is the second consecutive time she finishes 4th since at last year’s World Championships she finished in the same placement.
As for Aliya Mustafina she did what she had to do to take all the lead she could from her first two apparatus, vault and bars, to cushion any mistakes that could happen on beam and floor. She did her job so well that after two rotations she was leading ahead of Biles and while that was not expected to last it showed how high her chances were of a medal.
Beam really tested her as she chose to stop after a missed connection in order not to fall, yet the error was costly as it meant she would not have an acrobatic series but her qualification routine had taught her as she had a very similar error. In qualifications she had missed the connection and fallen loosing 1.5; by choosing to stop and not risk a fall, even if it meant loosing the acrobatic series, she would only loose 0.5.
After Aliya’s flawed routine teammate Seda Tutkhalyan had an opportunity for glory as she could be Russia’s all-around Olympic medalist since she was fourth going into the beam rotation. She performed a high difficult and well executed beam routine only to fall on the dismount. To make matters worse she went on to have a nightmarish floor routine that included two falls and a neutral deduction of 0.3 in out of bounds.
Alexandra Raisman survived bars although she scored significantly lower than she had in the qualification round which caused her to place third after three rotations but with her power on Floor she easily tumbled into silver.
As for Simone Biles she did what she had to do in every single apparatus. By the time it was her turn on Floor she only needed a 13.833, lower than what Mustafina had scored on Floor, to take the title and she easily did it surpassing Raisman by a 2.1 difference.
And so it ended… the All-Around Final in Rio 20 16.