With two high-flying vaults that made difficult, gravity-defying strikes look easy, Rebeca Andrade gained the vault remaining on Sunday on the Tokyo Video games, bringing Brazil its first gold medal ever in ladies’s gymnastics.
Her Olympics simply preserve getting higher.
Final week within the all-around remaining, Andrade, 22, gained the silver medal, ending simply behind the American Sunisa Lee. She devoted that silver medal, the primary Olympic medal of any shade for Brazil in ladies’s gymnastics, to her nation, her coaches and her medical workers, which had helped her get to those Video games after one more severe harm to her proper knee.
Andrade gained with a rating of 15.083 factors. MyKayla Skinner of america, who’s retiring after these Olympics, completed second, for the silver medal. Yeo Website positioning-jeong gained bronze for South Korea, and is the primary medalist for South Korea in ladies’s gymnastics.
In 2019, Andrade wanted her third surgical procedure in 4 years to restore a torn anterior cruciate ligament in her proper knee and missed the world championships due to it. With out her, her Brazilian workforce didn’t qualify for Tokyo. And she or he solely certified for these Video games simply in June, as a person.
That last-minute effort to compete in Tokyo was value it: Andrade’s greatest efficiency at her final Olympics, the 2016 Rio Video games, was eleventh within the all-around.
Her first of two vaults was a Cheng, which is a roundoff onto the springboard, a half twist onto the vault, and a entrance structure with 1½ twists. Her second was an Amanar, which is a roundoff onto the springboard, a again handspring onto the vault, and a again structure with 2½ twists. She didn’t stick both touchdown, however her execution and peak helped her get excessive scores.
With Simone Biles out of the competitors with a psychological well being difficulty, Andrade’s hardest competitors going into the vault had been two People: Jade Carey and Skinner.
Carey, who completed second in vault qualifying final week, appeared to regulate her run-up to her first vault — which was alleged to be a Cheng, however she ended up bailing out of it and accomplished solely a Yurchenko tuck, which is one somersault with no twists. Surprised and almost in tears, she saved her composure lengthy sufficient to carry out a second vault, however that touchdown had one massive step to it. Her general rating, 12.416 factors, left her out of the medals.
Skinner was simply as surprised, however in a the other approach. Final week after qualifying, she thought her Olympics was over — and her profession was over — when she completed fourth within the vault. As a result of solely two gymnasts per nation advance to the finals within the all-around and every equipment, she was ignored of the finals after Biles and Carey had completed forward of her in qualifying.
In an Instagram put up, Skinner, who’s 24 and was an alternate on the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Video games, stated she was heartbroken at how these Olympics turned out for her.
“This closes the e-book on my gymnastics profession, and my solely regrets had been issues exterior of my management. So no regrets,” she wrote. “For now I’ll simply attempt to fill the outlet in my coronary heart.”
However on Saturday, when Biles withdrew from the vault, Skinner gained the prospect to decorate in her competitors leotard one remaining time and see if she may win.
She posted on Instagram as soon as once more: “Doing this for us @Simone_Biles. … It’s go time child!”
Ultimately, Skinner — whom Lee known as the workforce’s “grandma” as a result of she has a lot expertise on the nationwide workforce — will go dwelling to Arizona with a long-awaited Olympic medal round her neck.
Maggie Astor contributed reporting.