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Gymnastics: Hernandez, Biles take silver, bronze on balance beam

Rio Olympics Artistic Gymnastics Apparatus

United States’ Lauren Hernandez celebrates after her performance on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Monday, Aug. 15, 2016. (AP Photo/Rebecca Blackwell)


Laurie Hernandez beat Simone Biles on the balance beam, but that wasn’t enough for gold in Rio on Monday.

Biles opened the door for the rest of the field with an uncharactertistic wobble on the beam. Going third overall, her 14.733 slotted her top with five gymnasts remaining in the event.

It took exactly one gymnast to pass her, as Netherlands’ Sanne Wevers posted a 15.466. That would stand, as the Dutchwoman took gold.

Laurie Hernandez was next, and the American squeezed in between Wevers and Biles with a relatively strong -- though not optimal -- 15.333.

France’s Marine Boyer then posted a score below Biles, meaning Hernandez would see the podium. Brazil’s Flavia Saraiva was last, and posted

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