Team USA Gymnastics completed the three peat at the World Gymnastics Championships. With solid scores in all four events, the American women won the gold medal in the team final at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow Scotland Tuesday night.
The U.S. Womens gymnastics team prepared to go for its third team gold in a row. The stacked lineup consisting of All-Around World champions Gabrielle Douglas and two-time world champ Simone Biles. While the rest of the world tried to match what the United States competes at, the U.S. women would set the bar early or surpass what was put out in front of them.
The Americans began on the vault with Douglas performing a Yurchenko with a double twist sticking the landing. She earned a 15.233 that gave them a solid shot at averaging high on the score. The British were on the uneven bars With Ruby Harrold on the uneven bars scoring a 14.433. After Maggie Nichols scored a 15.466, Biles came out and dominated with a huge combination that had her flying across the mat. She had a huge landing that gave her a 15.966 putting them way out in first after the first rotation.
Both the British and the Italians had a disappointing second run with their athletes falling off the apparatuses. The Canadians were smoothly working the floor with Eli Black leading the way with a 14.233 moving them ahead of the Italians. The British recovered on their third run on bars as Rebecca Downie scored a 14.833 moving them into second.
Russia, China, Japan and The Netherlands got into action where like the Americans; the Russians were to start on vault. Although they did not overtake the U.S, all three of their athletes scored above 15 with Maria Paseka scoring a 15.6 with her Yurchenko double twist. China sat in third with 45.632 with the British dropping down to fourth.
The Americans went into the uneven bars during the second rotation where Nichols performed her routine finishing with a double layout. Madison Kocian was last to go and brought her game to its highest. With a simple layout to end a grouping of difficult moves, she scored a 14.8 to put her team back in the lead. Russian stood in second with the Chinese two points behind in third.
On the third rotation, the Americans didn’t stop the fire on balance beam as one after the other, the scores got better and better. After Aly Raisman scored a 14.266, Biles went up on the four-inch beam and blasted out her combinations that ended with a massive dismount scoring a 15.2. After three, the United States stood at 135.530 holding a five point lead over China in second and the Russians back in third after a dismal performance on the beam.
The second group finished up their fourth rotation that would permanently leave them up to the first to finalize their position. Great Britain made a huge statement at the end as they competed on vault for their last rotation. Two big scores from Amy Tinkler and Elsa Downie moved them into second place with a great chance at finishing on the podium as the host nation. The U.S. ended on floor with Nichols leading her team to start their grand finale.
She scored a 15.000 that was followed by Raisman who moved well with her music making her tumbling passes look easy. She was given a 15.075 with one last American to come up. Biles was the final athlete to finish up and she set the fireworks off that ended with a 15.733. In total, the U.S. finished with 181.338 that secured the top spot for a third straight championship. China held onto second by four points while Great Britain continued to celebrate with the bronze.