Gadirova twins miss out on floor medals as USA’s Jade Carey takes gold in Simone Biles’ absence

Gadirova twins miss out on gymnastics floor medals as USA’s Jade Carey performs scintillating routine to take gold in Simone Biles’ absence

As expected, an American triumphed in the women’s floor final – it just was not the one we thought it would be.

With hot favourite Simone Biles sitting this out, thanks to ongoing mental health issues, Phoenix’s Jade Carey made the most of her chance, delivering a faultless performance at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

The 21-year-old was a tough act to follow. Next up was Britain’s Jessica Gadirova. Who had qualified in fifth place. After a slight early stumble, she recovered well, to score 14.000.

Jade Carey started the event and led the way with a score of 14.366 to take the gold medal

Jade Carey started the event and led the way with a score of 14.366 to take the gold medal

Russian Angelina Melnikova, up next, scored 14.166 to drop her to third. And when Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari, cheered on by Italian journalists in the press box, scored 14.200, Jennifer was out of the medals.

Twin sister Jennifer, who took her place in the final following the withdrawal of Biles, as last up but another early stumble put paid to her chances in a daring, ambitious routine and she scored 13.233. Biles will take part in tomorrow’s balance beam final.    

Jessica Gadirova performed well but had to settle for sixth place with a score of 14.00

Jessica Gadirova performed well but had to settle for sixth place with a score of 14.00

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