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Laurie Hernandez wins silver, Simone Biles blunder beckons bronze on Rio beam

By Alex Butler
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Laurie Hernandez wins silver, Simone Biles blunder beckons bronze on Rio beam
USA's Laurie Hernandez performs in the women's individual balance beam during the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics at the Rio Olympic Arena in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 15, 2016. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI | License Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 15 (UPI) -- Fellow gymnasts, an entire Rio de Janeiro arena, and the free world were shocked to see Simone Biles put her hands on the balance beam Monday.

Biles, who qualified in first place for the women's beam event, won a bronze medal in Monday's final event. The Netherlands' Sanne Wevers scored a 15.466 to best Biles and teammate Laurie Hernandez.

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Hernandez scored a 15.333, while Biles tallied a 14.733. Biles looked like her dominant self on the beam, flipping, twirling, and twisting to perfection. But one of her landings got shaky when her foot went off the side of the beam. She struggled to regain her balance, forcing her to put both of her hands on the beam. That slip-up was scored the same as a 'fall.'

Biles has three gold medals and a bronze medal so far in Rio. She will participate in the women's floor exercise final at 1:47 p.m. Tuesday.

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