Simone Biles booked her place in all four apparatus finals but the United States were overshadowed by the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee in women’s team gymnastics qualifying in Tokyo .
Biles won four gold medals in Rio in 2016 and is in a strong position to repeat the feat as she topped the list of qualifiers for the all-around final and also achieved the leading individual score on vault.
But a series of uncharacteristic stumbles elsewhere meant the defending champions trailed in second place at the end of the session, while Great Britain qualified for the team final in sixth place.
Biles said: “Obviously there are little things we need to work on, so we’ll go back and practise and work on that, just so we can do our best performance at team finals, because that’s what matters.”
When is Simone Biles competing?
Tuesday, July 27
Women’s team final: 19:45-22:10 (11:45-14:10 BST)*
Thursday, July 29
Women’s all-around final: 19:50-22:05 (11:50-14:05 BST)*
Sunday, August 1
Women’s vault final: 17:55-18:44 (09:55-10:44 BST)*
Women’s uneven bars final: 19:27-20:10 (11:27-12:10 BST)*
Monday, August 2
Women’s floor final: 18:00-18:54 (10:00-10:54 BST)*
Tuesday, August 3
Women’s beam final: 17:48-18:37 (09:48-10:37 BST)*
Where is it?
The Ariake Gymnastics Centre is situated right next to the Olympic Village and is one of the most easily accessible and commutable venues. Although a temporary venue, a sporting arena with a 12,000 seating capacity is scheduled for construction on the site after the Games.
Where can I watch it?
Eurosport are the main European rights holders for broadcasting the Olympics this year although the BBC will still be covering the big moments across their channels.
With Eurosport you will need a subscription. You can add it to your Sky, BT or Virgin contract or sign up to Eurosport Player for direct access.
Telegraph Sport will also be live blogging several gymnastics finals, so you can bookmark this page and come back to it when the action begins.
Who are Biles’ main rivals?
While a heavy medal favorite across the board, Biles will still be facing stiff competition, while the sport of gymnastics is such, that any mistake can easily be punished in the scores and slip down the leaderboard.
The American women are heavily favoured to win a third straight team gold. They won the last World Championships in 2019, finishing ahead of Russia and Italy, with China, likely to figure highly in Tokyo, in fourth.
Biles isn't the only American who could come home with multiple medals. Sunisa Lee — the first Hmong-American to make an Olympic team — is a revelation on uneven bars. No female gymnast has a more difficult uneven-bars routine, but you wouldn't know it from the way she swings through it. She also posted a higher all-around score at the trials than Biles, although the latter suffered a few mistakes.
Who are Team GB’s gymnastics hopefuls?
All four gymnasts will be making their Olympic debuts, with 2019 European beam champion Alice Kinsella joined by the exciting twin-sister duo of Jennifer Gadirova and Jessica Gadirova, and 2021 European uneven bars bronze medallist Amelie Morgan. Jessica Gadirova made major championship debut earlier this year, becoming European floor champion after winning all-around bronze and vault silver in the days before.
As for the men, Max Whitlock leads the team, looking to defend the pommel title he won in Rio, although he will face competition from Ireland’s rising star Rhys McClenaghan.
Whitlock will be joined by current world parallel bars champion Joe Fraser, current British all-around champion James Hall and 2021 European medallist Giarnni Regini-Moran.
There are two trampoline gymnasts in the team, Bryony Page, winner of silver in Rio, and Laura Gallagher who finally makes her long-awaited Olympic bow.
How have Team GB done in the past?
In Rio, they finished with seven medals, two gold , two silver and three bronze, a record for the team. Max Whitlock won Britain’s first ever gold medals in gymnastics, in men’s floor and pommel horse, while the youngest member of the team, 16-year-old Amy Tinkler, took bronze on gloor and Bryony Page won trampoline silver.
It continued an upward trend at recent Games for British gymnasts although they still lag behind others, sitting 24th on the overall medal table, with 15 overall.
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