Biles soars, Uchimura floored

DON'T MESS WITH TEXAN: The 19-year-old became the first American woman to win the Olympic vault title.


    Aug 16, 2016

    Biles soars, Uchimura floored

    UNITED States gymnastics dynamo Simone Biles remained on course for a record haul of five women's titles on Sunday but Britain's Max Whitlock outshone Japan's Kohei Uchimura with his double gold.

    Biles became the first American woman to win the Olympic vault title and the first to bag three golds at the same Games after her team and all-around successes.

    The 19-year-old Texan can claim two more on the beam and floor, which would see her become the most titled woman in Olympic gymnastics history.

    But she had to share the limelight in the Rio Olympic Arena as Whitlock outshone Uchimura, who had been looking to add to his team and all-around golds, but finished fifth on the floor.

    Whitlock's floor gold was a first for Britain in Olympic gymnastics. But he came back an hour later to add a second in the pommel horse.

    "It's just an incredible feeling," said the 23-year-old, who had been favourite in the pommel horse as the reigning world champion.

    A dejected Uchimura left his chair to watch as Whitlock stole the show, and was told to return to his place by an official.

    Uchimura succeeded in his bid to win the team gold with Japan and defended his all-around title. He leaves Rio on a low point but with his eyes focused on Tokyo 2020.