With the Olympics having a rule that only two athletes can represent a nation in the individual all-around competition, one of the United States’ outstanding gymnasts was bound to be left on the sidelines for the women’s final. Unfortunately for Gabby Douglas, who won gold in the all-around four years ago, she’s the odd woman out.
Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Douglas posted the top three scores of qualifying Sunday afternoon, with Biles’ score of 62.366 leading the way and Raisman in second with a score of 60.607. Part of the fourth qualifying subdivision, the United States posted the best team score of qualifying. Raisman beat out Douglas (60.131) by less than five tenths of a point for the second and final all-around spot available to the United States, with the final scheduled for Thursday evening.
Biles posted the highest score on the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, with teammate Madison Kocian having the highest qualifying score among competitors on the uneven bars. Laurie Hernandez competed in the vault, balance beam and floor exercise, with her score of 15.366 ranking second among the competitors.
The United States also has the highest team score of qualifying, with their overall tally of 185.238 being nearly ten points better than that of China (175.279). The team final is scheduled for Tuesday evening.