What an amazing feat! Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands put on an incredible performance on the balance beam and won the gold medal for her country. But never fear, Team USA fans — Laurie Hernandez took silver and Simone Biles got bronze!
After Simone Biles, 19, put up a near-perfect score in the women’s balance beam qualifiers, it was Sanne Wevers, 24, who proved to be at her best during the Aug. 15 finals. The 24-year-old Dutch gymnast gave a practically flawless performance that earned her an impressive score of 15.466, which proved to be a score that neither Simone nor Laurie Hernandez, 16, could touch. Congratulations, Sanne!
Laurie’s silver medal-earning score wasn’t too far from Sanne’s winning score, as Laurie’s routine earned her a 15.333. She and her coaches attempted an inquiry on Laurie’s score because they thought she deserved higher, but it was rejected. Considering Sanne nailed a triple turn on ONE foot, we can’t really blame the judges for thinking she deserved the gold!
As shocking as it was for Simone to not win gold after such an awesome performance in the qualifiers, it was actually rather surprising to see her pull out a bronze medal. Simone nearly fell during her routine! But being the superstar gymnast she is, Simone recovered and managed to wow the judges enough to earn a 14.733, which proved to be a medalist score in the end.
While it’s tough to see the U.S. gymnasts lose the gold, this is a particularly monumental event for the Netherlands to take first. No Dutch gymnast had ever won a medal in an individual event, which means that Sanne made history for her country — pretty cool! You go, Sanne!
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