2020 Olympic Games | Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog

Welcome to the live blog for the first day of event finals at the 2020 Olympic Games, held in Tokyo, Japan!

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8:22 pm. Uneven Bars Final Standings

1. Nina Derwael BEL 15.200
2. Anastasia Iliankova RUS 14.833
3. Sunisa Lee USA 14.500
4. Lu Yufei CHN 14.400
5. Elisabeth Seitz GER 14.400
6. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos FRA 14.033
7. Fan Yilin CHN 13.900
8. Angelina Melnikova RUS 13.066

8:15 pm. Elisabeth Seitz GER UB: Maloney to Ricna, blind change muscles a bit into the piked Jaeger, handstand good before the Downie to Pak, clean, van Leeuwen, some ankle form, a little piked in the toe full, into the full-in dismount, a tiny bit low with a hop. I HOPE she pulls this off! 14.400 (6.2, 8.200)

8:12 pm. Lu Yufei CHN UB: Tkachev to Gienger, some leg separation, but good catch, blind change to front pirouettes, legs apart on both, into the Jaeger, caught SO close, Pak with legs apart, van Leeuwen, fine, full-in, legs apart in the air, stuck! Could she be a medalist?! Nope, those leg separations got her. 14.400 (6.0, 8.400)

8:08 pm. Fan Yilin CHN UB: Inbar full to Maloney to Pak to Chow to Gienger, really strong throughout, toe half into her front pirouette series, comes a little late out of the first and gets stuck on the second, doesn’t give her what she needs going into the Fan dismount, and she stumbles back and falls. 13.900 (6.4, 7.500)

8:04 pm. Angelina Melnikova RUS UB: Inbar full to Maloney to Pak, legs apart, clean van Leeuwen, inbar half, a little crooked into the piked Jaeger but corrects well, gets stuck in the toe full, only makes it halfway around and has to hop off. Hop back on the full-in dismount, like Lee, she laughs it off. 13.066 (5.9, 7.166)

8:00 pm. Anastasia Iliankova RUS UB: Shang, Tweddle to Ezhova to stalder to Chow to Pak to van Leeuwen, very strong work! Toe full, just a little bend in the hips, connects to the full-in dismount, step back. Great routine! 14.833 (6.3, 8.533)

7:57 pm. Nina Derwael BEL UB: Nabieva, good air, Downie, strong, Derwael-Fenton to Ezhova to Chow to Pak, super clean, to van Leeuwen, some leg separation, toe full gets a little arched, to full-in, really close to the bar, small step. 15.200 (6.7, 8.500)

7:53 pm. Mélanie De Jesus Dos Santos FRA UB: Nabieva, clean, to Pak, also clean! Maloney to Bhardwaj, very nice. Clean van Leeuwen, inbar half to front pirouette, falls out of it and has to regroup, doesn’t come off the bar though. Stumble back on the full-twisting double layout. 14.033 (6.1, 7.933)

7:49 pm. Sunisa Lee USA UB: Nabieva, leg separation and doesn’t connect out of it, Bhardwaj, also on its own, Maloney to Gienger, good. Blind change to piked Jaeger to Pak, legs apart and caught close, van Leeuwen, legs apart, blind full almost in handstand, full-in was clean. That was a bit rough for her and she’s going to lose a lot in difficulty but she laughs it off at the end. Just looked a bit nervous. 14.500 (6.2, 8.300)

7:48 pm. Suni Lee chalking up and about to go.

7:45 pm. Uneven bars competitors are marching out now!

7:30 pm. Pommel Horse Standings

1. Max Whitlock GBR 15.583
2. Lee Chih Kai TPE 15.400
3. Kaya Kazuma JPN 14.900
4. David Belyavskiy RUS 14.833
5. Kameyama Kohei JPN 14.600
6. Alec Yoder USA 14.566
7. Rhys McClenaghan IRL 13.100
8. Sun Wei CHN 13.066

7:22 pm. Kameyama Kohei JPN PH: Had a few weird leg things at times but nothing he couldn’t work through. He does a weird like, bowlegged swing at times where his feet are glued but everything in between his feet and man parts are apart. 14.600 (6.8, 7.800)

7:18 pm. Rhys McClenaghan IRL PH: Ugh, legs come apart nearly at the beginning on the single pommel, looked like his hand placement was off, he tries to fight through but crashes onto the horse. Back on and looks gorgeous, working with rage now, Russians between the pommels were quick and clean, legs wild near the end before his Russians at the end of the horse, finishes strong, but this is devastating. 13.100 (6.4, 6.700)

7:14 pm. Kaya Kazuma JPN PH: Handstand pirouette at the beginning had some iffy hips, but gets through it tentatively into the rest of the set. Nice lines for the most part. Flairs near the end are well controlled, looked like he had tiny leg form issues a couple of times but nothing severe. He’s very happy with that! 14.900 (6.6, 8.300)

7:10 pm. Lee Chih-Kai TPE PH: Scissors to handstand back down to scissors into his flairs, so extended and gorgeous on all of them, I don’t understand how this routine is truly physically or mentally possible but this was BRILLIANT. 15.400 (6.7, 8.700)

7:07 pm. David Belyavskiy RUS PH: One-arm swing was nice, Russians on the single handle was nice, moves well through the rest, loses his leg form slightly before going up into handstand for his dismount, muscles it a bit but fights through and gets it. 14.833 (6.4, 8.433)

7:03 pm. Sun Wei CHN PH: Scissor to handstand back down to a few more scissors, up again, down again into his circles, starts on the single handle then moves between them. Very fluid. Russians on the handle, legs come apart, he tries to get it back together but falls. Hit the rest after getting back on. 13.066 (6.3, 6.766)

7:00 pm. Alec Yoder USA PH: Had an iffy start going up to handstand out of a scissor element, but recovered very well, smooth and clean through his circles, strong into the dismount! Great job. 14.566 (6.4, 8.166)

I don’t understand pommels well enough to understand why his E is so low…that’s why I’m here at the Olympics. Could it all have been from the early mistake?

6:57 pm. Max Whitlock GBR PH: Is he in a Rio singlet? It looks like it. I can’t tell. Moving pretty well today, looks better than he did in prelims. Hip form is what it is. Had a tiny struggle going into his dismount but this was a pretty strong routine. 15.583 (7.0, 8.583)

That is an almost unbeatable score…the crowd was like OHHHHHH.

6:56 pm. Pommels starting now!

6:48 pm. Medal ceremony just wrapping up for women’s vault!

6:33 pm. Women’s Vault Standings

1. Rebeca Andrade BRA 15.083
2. MyKayla Skinner USA 14.916
3. Yeo Seo-jeong KOR 14.733
4. Alexa Moreno MEX 14.716
5. Angelina Melnikova RUS 14.683
6. Lilia Akhaimova RUS 14.666
7. Shallon Olsen CAN 14.550
8. Jade Carey USA 12.416

6:27 pm. Lilia Akhaimova RUS VT: Rudi, really piked off the table, straightens up a bit but is slightly shy in the rotation, big lunge back to save the landing. 14.666 (5.8, 8.866)

Tsuk double full is a bit stronger overall, hop back. 14.666 (5.6, 9.066)

14.666 average

6:24 pm. Angelina Melnikova RUS VT: DTY, legs crossed and apart in the air but a really nice landing! 14.666 (5.4, 9.266)

Cheng, pretty chucked, form is all over the place, but she sneaks out the landing, with a jump forward. 14.700 (6.0, 8.800, -0.1)

14.683 average

6:20 pm. Shallon Olsen CAN VT: Cheng to start, some leg form and a low landing with a step to steady it. 14.700 (6.0, 8.700)

DTY, clean, ALMOST stuck! Tries to hold it but takes two steps back to steady it. 14.400 (5.4, 9.000)

14.550 average

6:16 pm. Yeo Seo-jeong KOR VT: Does the Yeo! A handspring front layout double full, loses some leg form and has a deep landing but she sat both in the warm-up earlier so this was amazing! 15.333 (6.2, 9.133)

DTY, tons of power, very clean, big lunge back and hops it a few times. 14.133 (5.4, 8.733)

14.733 average

6:11 pm. Jade Carey USA VT: Balked her first attempt, does a Yurchenko tuck, my god. Looked like she got lost onto and off of the table or maybe her steps were off or something? She ends up essentially just having to throw a timer.

Does an Amanar after with a giant lunge forward but it’s like, such a half-hearted attempt, this poor girl. She looks so devastated. 12.900 (5.8, 9,100, -2.0 ND)

12.416 average

6:07 pm. Rebeca Andrade BRA VT: Cheng to start, gets great height but not a ton of distance, that’s where she’s getting deducted. Also goes crooked in the air, balance check and chest down on the landing. 15.166 (6.0, 9.266, -0.1)

Amanar goes a bit tentative on the landing, big hop forward, then another little hop, but very nice in the air. 15.000 (5.8, 9.200)

15.083 average

6:03 pm. Alexa Moreno MEX VT: Handspring rudi, tons of power. A little piked in the air, leg form is pretty strong, just a little soft but no crossing. Hops on the landing. 14.766 (5.8, 8.966)

Tsuk double full for vault number two, legs apart on pre-flight, tightens up but then loses it slightly just before landing. Body line pretty well stretched. Chest just a little down and a hop on the landing. 14.666 (5.6, 9.066)

14.716 average

6:00 pm. MyKayla Skinner USA VT: Cheng, as good as she always does it, low coming off the table but makes up for it with quick twisting in the air, gets good distance. Legs glued in the pre- and post-flight. Small hop back. 15.033 (6.0, 9.033)

Second vault is the Amanar, really strong, tiny hop to the side. 14.800 (5.8, 9.000)

14.966 average

5:58 pm. The women have been introduced, gonna kick this off any moment now!

5:56 pm. Women are marching out now for vault! MyKayla is in Suni’s AA leo.

5:49 pm. They’re doing the medal ceremonies between events, by the way, so the men’s floor ceremony is happening now.

5:36 pm. Men’s Floor Standings

1. Artem Dolgopyat ISR 14.933
2. Rayderley Zapata ESP 14.933
3. Xiao Ruoteng CHN 14.766
4. Ryu Sung-hyun KOR 14.233
5. Milad Karimi KAZ 14.133
6. Yul Moldauer USA 13.533
7. Nikita Nagornyy RUS 13.066
8. Kim Han-sol KOR 13.066

5:30 pm. Milad Karimi KAZ FX: Double front half, good landing, tiny step. 3.5 to rudi, hops forward/sideways OOB. Front full to randi, stuck. Double double, tiny bounce in place. Little skid on the 2.5 to front double full. Clean triple full to finish. That second pass has me worried…

14.133 (6.4, 8.033, -0.3)

5:26 pm. Xiao Ruoteng CHN FX: Randi to start. 3.5 to barani, stuck. He’s like I might as well win this since no one else will. Double double, stuck. 2.5 to front double full, short with a hop to the side. Great on his flairs. Controlled. A concept! Clean double full side pass. Triple full with a small hop back. Best routine so far but his D might hold him back from the top of the podium.

14.766 (6.2, 8.566)

5:22 pm. Ryu Sung-hyun KOR FX: Double front full-in half-out, hop back. Front full to front triple full. Casual. Piked double front half-out, tiny hop back. Double double, small hop back, heel maybe out? 2.5 to front double full, short with a hop forward, OOB. He’s basically OOB on his circles, CHILD you are young but please go further away from the edge! Triple full side pass I think! A little short. 3.5 to finish, small hop.

14.233 (7.0, 7.533, -0.3)

5:18 pm. Kim Han-sol KOR FX: Piked double front half-out, hop back. double front half-out, tiny hop. Front full to randi, a little bit deep with a hop forward. 3.5 with a hop back. 2.5 to front…double full I think. Legs came apart in his circles and he falls out of them!!!!!!!!! WHAT. Triple full deep with a hop. LORD.

13.066 (6.3, 6.766)

5:13 pm. Artem Dolgopyat ISR FX: Double front full-in half-out, small hop. Front full to randi, little stumble. Double double, step to the side. 2.5 to front double full, tiny hop out of bounds. OOF. Pull it together! 1.5 is so floaty, to rudi, with a little balance check. Arabian double front half-out, stuck. Well, those landings could do him in…

14.933 (6.6, 8.433, -0.1) – ties Zapata but beats him on the tie-break!

5:09 pm. Yul Moldauer USA FX: Randi to start, stuck. Arabian double front half-out, also stuck. Front double full to front full, another great landing, and he’s been super clean in the air on everything. Flairs WEIRDLY get stuck in the middle, WOW, that was bizarre. 2.5 to barani. Double full side pass, stuck. Clean. Small hop back on the triple full.

13.533 (5.4, 8.133)

5:06 pm. Rayderley Zapata ESP FX: Double front full-in half-out, glad he kept it tucked and didn’t go for the layout. SUPER solid landing. 1.5 to piked double front, then a piked double front half, small hop. Stuck the tucked double front half. Double full clean and stuck. Stuck the 2.5 to front full! Finishes with a double layout, STUCK!!!!! That was incredible.

14.933 (6.5, 8.433)

5:03 pm. Nikita Nagornyy RUS FX: I hate that he’s up first. Piked triple back, comes close to sitting it but then just stumbles it back, many steps, and OOB. Piked double front half-out, chest down. Front double full to a solid double front, then 2.5 to barani. 1.5 to rudi side pass. Short on the double double, step to the side. He’s not gonna be thrilled with that.

13.066 (6.4, 6.966, -0.3)

5:02 pm. Nikita Nagornyy is out onto the floor and will begin in just a moment!

4:59 pm. The men have just marched out for the floor final in front of a small but rowdy crowd. The Israelis have a particularly big contingent here. I see four GIANT flags draped throughout the arena. And one small South Korean flag.

46 thoughts on “2020 Olympic Games | Event Finals Day 1 Live Blog

  1. Sorry but gold for Dolgopyat over Zapata PROVES that judging is fixed and corrupt.

    Just admit it Lauren, and spill the beans.


  2. so sad for jade ;( it so hard to believe that couldve happen.

    happy for skinner though. She was the right person at the right time!


    • Seriously you have to wonder if with her mental strength Skinner could play a leadership role for USAG in the future. She is team spirit.
      So so happy for Andrade. She is the star


      • Aside from the GOAT at her prime, I think Skinner seriously is very strong and is quite a gamer. She peaked consistently at the right time.


        • Totally agree WP. Been rooting for Myk, wow what a journey. What a fighter against so many odds, such an inspiration.


  3. I’ll just be over here, gloating to the moon and back that the girl everyone wrote off is now AN OLYMPIC SILVER MEDALIST. BITE ME.

    (That said, while I love Myk, Rebeca deserved gold if she hit – and she did. She’s just so CLEAN!!)

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  4. What a rollercoaster for Mykayla Skinner! I have to say I started following her comeback journey to elite because it is just so rare a NCAA stand out gymnast to try for the Olympics. She faced a lot of obstacles along the way, but somehow she always rose up to the occasions and delivered when it counted! What a fighter! Really happy for her!!!


  5. Lauren, I think the first japanese that competed was Kazuma Kaya, not Kohei Kameyama. I think.
    Thanks for the live blogging!


  6. There have been 9 Olympic medals awarded thus far between the first two men’s events and the first women’s event. All 9 medal winners are from 9 different countries. World represent!


    • i was so disappointed I went back to sleep. But waking up and suni was able to hang on for the bronze was pretty unbelievable too…lol..


  7. So sad for Eli, that bronze was there for the taking… she got 4th in Rio 😦 Becky must also be wondering what might’ve been… Eli and Becky for Paris! 🙂


  8. I am beyond thrilled for Mykayla Skinner. Who couldn’t admire her determination and moxie? I’ve calmed down considerably about Biles in the past few days now that I actually *listened* to what was going on with her instead of just reacting to anger and disappointment. If she literally can’t tell where she is in the air then it’s actually a large danger to her to compete. It’s too bad but oh what a thrill for Myk. Hard to see Jade cry. Did she catch her toe on the run. It was so odd.


        • Yeah, I know she would have needed not to touch the springboard. She still had steps before the round off, didn’t she? I’ll have to watch for that tonight in prime time.


        • They can repeat once only if they don’t touch the springboard or table, but there’s a 1.0 deduction.

          In Jade’s case, though, it was too late. The glitch happened during the hurdle into her round-off and she had way too much momentum and no footing at that point. Trying to stop would most likely have resulted in smashing into the table, possibly head first. She did exactly what gymnasts should do in that split second.


        • I just watched it again in prime time, and you’re correct, it looked like she got off just before she lifted her arms for the hurdle


    • Given what the others did Lee deserved the bronze. Now it was the weakest EF by far … and one had to take advantage of it. It could have been anyone but none was robbed. Ferrari 2012 on the other hand …… (as much as I loved Mustafina …. bronze ???)
      Sorry for Seitz actually, after her 4th place in Rio. I had some hope the bronze was hers to grab
      Are the chinese going to bomb everything ?
      Melanie probably needs some help given her failure ratio on UB since 2019 Worlds AA
      So Yves Kieffer now has two UB gold medalist … talk about a great technician on this event

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  9. I really like the sportsmanship between the gymnasts ! I hope the fans can show the same in the social media. Great coverage, thanks Lauren


    • It is precisely this softening that is causing all the mess: Sunisa fluked and no one could take advantage of it because they are all so nice to each other.

      I much prefer the old days where everyone was a B to each other a la Svetlana Boginskaya. They really had to get into each other’s head to make that Soviet team and it was awesome!


    • Thank you! People are trying to start drama between Suni and Nina, but they are great friends and were so incredible to watch together in the press conference. I love that they both admire and respect each other so much, and push each other to be better.


  10. Someone is going to need to explain to me how Zapata did not get gold. There is no way Dolgopyat’s execution was the same as Zapata’s. This so far was the biggest rip-off in gymnastics at this Olympics. So sad for Zapata. He’s the true gold medalist.


  11. Congratulations to all the medalists! I’m sorry I couldn’t get up at 4 AM to watch all this, but some of it sounds kinda nail-biting.

    Bummer about Sunisa Lee’s breaks and lost difficulty; it sounds like she really would’ve contended for gold otherwise. Still, congrats to her for the bronze!

    I’m very sorry to read about Jade Carey’s bizarre first vault! I admit I was unimpressed with her a couple of years (?) ago and didn’t understand why USAG let her – and only her – do the World Cup thing. But in the past couple of years, I’ve been impressed with her improvements, especially in execution. Psniff.


  12. P.S. Super congratulations to Skimmer! She’s another one I’ve been impressed by execution improvements.

    Re. men’s floor, I’m surprised one of the tie-breakers isn’t “whoever has the fewest OOBs/falls” (which are essentially execution problems!). So is the tie breaker E score, then D score, then it’s just a tie? OOB/falls don’t matter for tie breaking?

    Pardon my ignorance and thanks for the wonderful coverage, @Lauren!


  13. Finally watching the vaults and I’m surprised Andrade’s execution scores were higher than Skinner’s; I thought Andrade would be cleaner and have better landings than I saw, based on scores & comments. Shows what I know. . . .

    Still happy for both of them, of course. 🙂


  14. Watching Alexa Moreno and Akhaimova first vaults, both performed a Chusovitina. Alexa was underscored, she got only one tenth more than Lilia. 14.766 vs 14.6666, Moreno was robbed.


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