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Rio Olympics: Vault | Stellar Biles outshines other stars, wins gold

L-R: Russia's Maria Paseka, US gymnast Simone Biles and Switzerland

Simone Biles won her third Olympic gold by capturing the vault title at Rio Olympic Arena on Sunday, and it wasn’t even close.

Going last in the field of eight, she scored an average of 15.966 for her two attempts. Second place went to Maria Paseka of Russia at 15.253.

It was the latest achievement in a long line of them. Biles led the Americans to team gold last week before claiming Olympic all-around gold.

The 19-year-old Texan has won the past three world championships and has a record 10 worlds gold medals. She has 14 total, including bronze on vault last year.

After that competition, she vowed to improve her second vault and has been even more consistent on her second vault, a Cheng, as she is on her first, an Amanar. Both are among the toughest being competed in the sport.

Biles scored a 15.900 with an Amanar on her first vault before scoring a 16.033 on her Cheng. Bronze medalist Giulia Steingruber had the next highest individual vault score with a 15.533. Paseka was the only other gymnast to top 15 on each of her vaults.

She stays on pace to win an unprecedented five gold medals, with balance beam Monday the most questionable. Floor exercise is Tuesday.




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