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Lee, Carey, Skinner and Yoder eye medals on night 1 of event finals

Lee, Carey, Skinner and Yoder eye medals on night 1 of event finals
Posted at 10:29 PM, Jul 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-08-01 04:51:23-04

The first of three nights of gymnastics event finals begin Sunday in Tokyo, including the men's pommel horse and floor and women's vault and uneven bars.

Even without Simone Biles, who has withdrawn from her first three event finals, the United States has a strong shot to earn at least one medal in three of the events.

On pommel horse, Alec Yoder is likely the men's team's best chance at a medal in Tokyo. Yoder, 24, finished fourth in qualification with a 15.200, but the top three competitors tied with a 15.266.

Jade Carey leads the way on vault after putting up a 15.166 in qualifications, but improved that to a 15.200 in the all-around final. She'll be joined by veteran MyKayla Skinner, who was fourth in qualifications behind Biles, Carey and Brazil's Rebeca Andrade, but initially could not advance to the final due to the two-per-country rule.

Individual all-around gold medalist Suni Lee returns to action on bars, her signature event, tonight. She earned a 15.300 in both qualifications and the all-around and is expected to vie for the event title with Belgium's Nina Derwael, who scored a 15.366 in qualifications.

Yul Moldauer will also compete for the U.S. on floor after tying for sixth in qualifications.

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Follow along below for results.

Men's Floor Exercise

The first event final of the night ended in dramatic fashion, as a tie break was used to decide the Olympic champion

Israel's Artem Dolgopyat and Spain's Rayderley Zapata posted identical scores of 14.933. Both were atop the leaderboard, and because both received the same execution score of 8.433, the difficulty scores were used to decide who would take the gold. Dolgopyat's difficulty score was one tenth higher than Zapata's, so the 24-year-old rose into first place and won Israel's first-ever Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics. Prior to the Tokyo Games, the nation had only one other Olympic gold, won by windsurfer Gal Fridman in 2004.

Xiao Ruoteng finished in third with a score of 14.766. The bronze is his third medal of these games after he won a silver in the men's individual all-around and a bronze with the Chinese team.

Moldauer had a strong set with clean tumbling and stuck landings until he struggled on a flair. He is known for executing the skill with excellent form on floor and pommel horse, but he drug his foot across the floor while performing it in the event final and received a large deduction. The only other error was a slight hop on the landing of his final tumbling pass. His score of 13.533 placed him in sixth.

Russian Nikita Nagornyy opened his routine with a triple back pike, and though he went out of bounds, the skill is now named after him and is rated the most difficult element in men's gymnastics. Nagornyy placed seventh with a score of 13.066 due to landing deductions. In Tokyo, he has won bronze in the individual all-around and gold with the Russian Olympic Committee in the team final. 

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Women's Vault

Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner competing

Men's Pommel Horse

Alec Yoder competing

Women's Uneven bars

Suni Lee competing

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