Sanne Wevers upstages Simone Biles to win beam gold

Sanne Wevers caused a huge upset when she ruined Simone Biles' chances of winning her fifth gold by winning the balance beam title.

By: Reuters | Rio De Janeiro | Updated: August 16, 2016 3:19:52 am
Sanne Weavers, Sanne Weavers netherlands, Simone Boles, Simone Biles USA, Gymnastics, Rio 2016 Olympics, Rio Games, Sports news, Sports Sanne Wevers to become the first female Dutch gymnast to grab gold in an individual final. (source: Reuters)

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, will be back on Tuesday when she will be favourite to win the floor exercise.

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