Rio In Review: The Floor Final

Mai Murakami opened the Floor Final with a strong performance that was enough to make her happy but her score of 14.533 would not be enough to place her in the top three. The same for Wang Yan who performed steadily but still her 14.666 score was not expected to get her into the medals.

Third up was Erika Fasana who delivered a very entertaining routine however her D-score of  “only” 6.1 would keep her well out of contention. Yet the chance to compete in this Floor Final must have been especially rewarding for her since at last year’s World Championships she had qualified into the Floor Final but had to withdraw due to injury.

Amy Tinkler surprised by her solid performance and was rewarded with a 14.933. There was no suspense on who would win gold or silver, as Biles and Raisman were expected to place 1st and 2nd, so the final was really contested to determine the bronze medallist and among the contenders none of them had scored as high as 14.933. This came as an unexpected surprise since Amy is the youngest and most inexperienced member of the British Team so she had arrived to the Olympics in the shadow of her more famous and accomplished teammates like the Downie sisters and Claudia Fragapane.

Simone Biles followed Amy and scored a 15.966, the highest score of the entire Olympic competition, to take the gold.

Giulia Steingruber one of the two remaining contenders for bronze had a very unfortunate floor routine that forced her to put her hands down in two tumbling passes. As unlucky as this routine was for Giulia she had nothing to be sad about since her Olympic goal had already been fulfilled at the Vault Final where she won a bronze medal.

Alexandra Raisman, the defending Olympic Champion, gave one of her best routines however she did not have the D-score to truly contend for gold so she settled for a happy silver.

Vanessa Ferrari was the last up and suspense hanged in the air before every tumbling pass. There were only two minor errors, a low chest in one landing and a questionable turn in a dance element however it was the last pass that deprived her of the coveted medal as she took two small steps backwards. So even before the scores went up it was clear that Amy would become the second British gymnast to earn an Olympic medal after Elizabeth Tweddle’s historic bronze on uneven bars in London 2012.

Vanessa Ferrari’s Floor Routine was the last routine of the Rio 2016 Olympics; will it also be the last routine of her career?  

And so it ended… the Rio 2016 Olympic Games.

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Rio in Review: The Team Final

Rio in Review: The All-Around Final

Rio in Review: The Vault and Uneven Bars Final

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