Simone Biles & Usain Bolt Take Melanin Magic To New Levels in Rio

Simone Biles continues to dominate while Usain Bolt lives up to his name

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Simone Biles, fresh off gold medals in all-around finals, continued her domination of the field over the weekend, as she and her teammates, #TheFinalFive, added three more medals to Team USA’s collection.

 

Biles, who won all-around gold on Thursday by a staggering margin of over 2 points, won her signature event, the vault. With her win, she becomes only the third U.S. woman gymnast to win three gold medals; her teammates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman are the other two. Biles is also the first American woman ever to win gold on vault.

 

Let. That. Sink. In.

 

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Biles’ win was expected: She qualified with the highest score and is one of the few gymnasts in the world who consistently performs the tough Amanar vault, which is a back handspring onto the vault table and a layout somersault with 2 1/2 twists off. Her main challengers included North Korea’s Hong Un-jong, the gold medalist on vault in Beijing, who beat her at the world championships last year; Switzerland’s Giulia Steingruber, who came in third in the qualifiers; Maria Paseka of Russia, who qualified fourth and won the vault final at last year’s championships; and Oksana Chusovitina, the 41-year-old representing Uzbekistan, who qualified fifth.

 

Jamaica's Usain Bolt races to the gold medal in the men's 200m final at the at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird's Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Jamaica’s Usain Bolt races to the gold medal in the men’s 200m final at the at the World Athletics Championships at the Bird’s Nest stadium in Beijing, Thursday, Aug. 27, 2015. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

 

Meanwhile, Usain Bolt won his 3rd consecutive Olympic Gold in 100 meters. USA Today reports, Usain Bolt went full-bore for 60 meters on Sunday before taking a peek at the competition drifting into his rearview mirror, and then at the cameras lining the inner lane of the track here at Olympic Stadium.

 

He mugged, a moment of incalculable confidence captured for posterity. Then he slowed, essentially jogging through the final steps of the men’s 100-meter semifinals with two celebratory fingers extended above his right shoulder.

 

Then came the final, and the show began.

 

Bolt claimed his unprecedented third gold medal in a row in the 100 in a time of 9.81 seconds, racing past his competition at Olympic Stadium — including the USA’s Justin Gatlin, who was fastest out of the blocks and led at the halfway point. Bolt made his move — and into history, adding another marquee moment to a legend unequaled in the sport’s history.

 

The fastest man in the world ran through the finish line and kept going, eventually slowing to grab a stuffed version of the Rio Games’ mascot and the Jamaican flag, serenaded by a chorus:

 

Usain Bolt … Usain Bolt … Usain Bolt … Usain Bolt

 



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