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Biles' run at Olympic history ends with bronze on the beam

Jan Ortega | 17 August, 2016, 00:19

Women's and men's individual events, coverage begins 1 p.m. ET: Simone Biles is favored to win her fourth gold medal of these Games as she competes in the floor exercise final (1:47 p.m. ET).

Biles wins her fourth gold medal of these games, and while Raisman missed repeating the gold she won in this discipline at the London 2012 games, she can be consoled with a silver - her sixth Olympic medal, which makes her the first USA female gymnast to win an individual medal in consecutive Olympics since Shannon Miller did it in 1992 and 1996.

In the only final not featuring Biles, her teammate and world champion Madison Kocian hoped to continue the American gold rush as she had earned the highest score in qualifying but she could not beat Mustafina's 15.900 and settled for silver.

The historic drive to greatness by American gymnast Simone Biles hit a wall on Monday when she was denied the gold medal after making an on the beam. "After seeing Simone's score, I knew I had to change my strategy".

"To be out there and do my best routine ever in such a big final was wonderful", Wevers said.

Russia's Evgeny Tishchenko won the Olympic heavyweight boxing gold medal, defeating Kazakhstan's Vassiliy Levit in a match so close that spectators booed the judges' unanimous decision.

But she seems to be taking her near-miss just fine.

"In all the years and it's been many years, one time I could not say Aly try harder because she always tried her best", Karolyi said. Yet she hardly looked overcome by the moment as she dazzled on her favorite event while securing a seventh medal for the American women. She's attempting to join Larisa Latynina, Vera Caslavska and Ecaterina Szabo as the only women to win four golds during an Olympic meet.

Other gold medals during the day went to the Greek Eleftherios Petrounias, already world champion on the rings, and to North Korea's Ri Se-Gwang for the vault.

If Biles takes gold in the women's floor exercise final Tuesday, it will be a record-tying-instead of record-breaking-feat.

It handed the 19-year-old her first defeat in a final of the apparatus since 2013. After a problematic routine, they smiled and talked before her score popped up: a 13.400.

With the gold medal in her sights, she soared high into a front somersault but lost her footing and had to grab the beam with both hands to save herself from falling off.

Biles has the floor final tomorrow in the last day of competition, and history is still out there. The win would've meant a fourth gold for Biles, who picked up earlier ones for team, all around and vault.

In track cycling, Mark Cavendish, victor of 30 stages in the Tour de France, was unable to add Olympic gold to his collection. Wevers earned a 15.433 while Hernandez got a score of 15.333.

Louis Smith completed a one-two for Britain as he won a second successive Olympic silver in the discipline with 15.833.

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