Wevers upstages Biles to win beam gold

Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers caused a huge upset when she ruined Simone Biles' chances of scooping a record five golds at a single Olympics by winning the balance beam title in Rio on Monday.

Netherlands' Sanne Wevers competes on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women's apparatus final in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.   -  Getty Images

Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias performs on the rings during the artistic gymnastics men's apparatus final in Rio de Janeiro on Monday.   -  AP

Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers caused a huge upset when she ruined Simone Biles' chances of scooping a record five golds at a single Olympics by winning the balance beam title in Rio on Monday.

The American had been expected to add the beam title to her team, all around and vault triumphs but drew gasps as she lost her footing following a front somersault and had to grab the beam with both hands to save herself from falling off. Her score of 14.733 was only good enough for bronze behind team mate Laurie Hernandez.

Biles' misfortune allowed Wevers to become the first female Dutch gymnast to grab gold in an individual final, with a graceful routine featuring numerous spins, including a triple. She scored 15.466.

The Netherlands' only previous top prize for the women had been in the team competition in 1928.

Biles, a double world champion on the beam, was rock solid as she spun around 900 degrees on her right toes. There was not a wobble in sight as she executed her backflip into two layouts. With the gold medal in her sights, she soared high into a front somersault but then it all went horribly wrong as her right foot missed its target on the beam and a routine that had been spellbinding till that moment lost its sparkle.

After completing her dismount, her frustration was clear for all to see as the megawatt smile that had lit up the Rio Olympic Arena time and again over the past week failed to materialise. The judges pondered over her score for several minutes and when it was confirmed, Biles rolled her eyes skywards as the mark was almost a point lower than her qualifying effort of 15.633.

With five more competitors to go, Biles knew her chances of hanging on to lead with such a modest score were slim, and she was right.

Wevers mounted on the four-inch wide wood never having won a gold medal at an international meet but that shortcoming did not stop her from impressing the judges as she avoided any glaring errors to bag the top prize.

Biles, a double world champion on the beam, will be back on Tuesday when she will be favourite to win the floor exercise.

Petrounias takes rings gold

Greece's Eleftherios Petrounias showed off his superior power in the strongman event as he edged out local favourite and 2012 champion Arthur Zanetti to win the rings gold medal at the Rio Olympics on Monday.

Petrounias added the Olympic gold to the world the European titles he currently holds with a score of 16.000.

Zanetti lost out on the top prize by just 0.234 of a point while Russia's Denis Abliazin had to settle for bronze.

North Korea's Ri wins men's vault title

Ri Se-gwang became the first North Korean man to win the Olympic vault title as he soared to victory with an average score of 15.691.

The double world champion also became only the second man from his country to win an Olympic gymnastics title following the success of Pae Gil-su on the pommel horse at the 1992 Barcelona Games.

Ri beat Russia's Denis Abliazin by 0.175 of a point.

Japan's Kenzo Shirai, who missed out on a medal on his signature floor exercise event on Sunday, won bronze with 15.449 as he edged out 35-year-old Romanian Marian Dragulescu on the tiebreak rule after both earned the same average score.

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