Rio Roundup: Biles all smiles; Taylor, Claye go gold-silver in triple jump

By Alex Butler
Rio Roundup: Biles all smiles; Taylor, Claye go gold-silver in triple jump
Aly Raisman and Simone Biles of the United States smile after they win the silver and gold medals in the floor exercise at the Olympic Arena of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 16, 2016. Photo by Kevin Dietsch/UPI | License Photo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Aug. 16 (UPI) -- She wasn't about to leave Rio de Janeiro wearing a frown and a bronze medal.

No, Simone Biles, widely considered the greatest gymnast of all-time, is too good for that.


Biles became the first American woman to win four gymnastics gold medals in the same Olympics Tuesday.

Her latest gold came after scoring a 15.966 in the women's floor exercise. Team USA's Aly Raisman scored a 15.500 to win a silver medal in the event and Great Britain's Amy Tinkler won a bronze medal.

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In Track and Field events, Christian Taylor soared stoically Tuesday morning in Rio.

The triple-jumper won his second consecutive Olympic gold medal. It was also the American's second in jumping events at the Summer Games.

Christian Taylor of the USA, shows his gold medal. Photo by Richard Ellis/UPI
Team USA's Will Claye finished second behind Taylor's 17.86. Taylor's score made him the first American to win back-to-back gold medals in a jump since 1900 and 1904. American Meyer Prinstein was the last athlete to accomplish the feat.

"To do this with my brother, it's a dream come true," Taylor told NBC's Lewis Johnson.

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China's Bin Dong won the bronze medal in the event.

"To do back-to-back is very difficult," Taylor told "It beats your body up; this is why I had to switch legs myself. The biggest challenge to be a triple jumper is staying healthy."

After the race, Claye proposed to his girlfriend, fellow track athlete Queen Harrison. Harrison was a hurdler in the 2008 Olympics. She placed fourth in the U.S. trials, failing to make it to the Summer Games. She still elected to attend the Summer Games to support her boyfriend from the stands.

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During the Women's 5,000 Meter race, American runner Abby D'agostino collided with New Zealand's Nikki Hamblin. Hamblin tripped during the run and fell to the ground, getting twisted up with D'Agostino. D'Agostino then jumped back up to her feet. Instead of running away from her fallen opponent, D'Agostino helped Hamblin onto her feet.

"Come on, get up," D'Agostino told Hamblin, according to USA TODAY. "We have to finish this race."

D'Agostino appeared to suffer a knee injury during the run. She was helped off of the track in a wheelchair.

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According to NBC Washington, the runners were originally knocked out of the final, but were advanced after appealing to the judges. The duo will be on the track Friday in the final.

Hamblin (R) clasps arms with USA's Abbey D'Agostino as she is wheel chaired from the finish line. Photo by Terry Schmitt/UPI

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