Five years ago at the Rio Olympics, the United States dominated the qualifying round of team competition. In 2021, it might be a little bit more of a challenge. Team USA finished second in qualifying, 1.067 points behind ROC (the Russian team).
This marks the first time since the 2010 world championships that Team USA has failed to finish in first place for either qualifying for the team finals in the worlds or at the Olympics. Team USA was so heavily favored, DraftKings Sportsbook has not offered odds on the gymnastics team all-around.
The top eight teams in qualifying advanced to Tuesday’s finals. After ROC and Team USA, China, France, Belgium, Great Britain, Italy, and Japan also advanced. You can view full official results here. The finals are at 7:45 p.m. in Tokyo, which is 6:45 a.m. in Eastern Time.
The expected happened in individual all-around qualifying, but it is still a bunched-up group at the top. Simone Biles cleared the field with a total score of 57.731, but four other gymnasts cleared 57 points. Brazilian Rebeca Andrade finished second at 57.399, American Sunisa Lee finished third at 57.166, and the ROC had fourth and fifth in Angelina Melnikova (57.132) and Vladislava Urazova (57.099).
Biles finished first ahead of Jade Carey in the vault with a 15.183. She finished tenth in the uneven bars, seventh in the balance beam, and second in the floor exercise. She did not qualify for the individual uneven bars final, but will be plenty busy the rest of team and individual round.