Simone Biles posted top scores in three of the four rotations -- floor exercise, vault and balance beam -- as the U.S. women's gymnastics team dominated the qualifying round for the team all-around final in first place. Meanwhile, Madison Kocian took first place in the uneven bars to give the Americans a clean sweep of each rotation.
Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas also finished first, second and third in the individual all-around standings, however it will be only Biles and Raisman representing the U.S. -- each country gets only two competitors in the all-around final. After being edged by Raisman by 0.351, Douglas' bid to become the first American woman to win back-to-back golds in the all-around has ended.
Raisman, meanwhile, will have a second shot at reaching the podium after finishing fourth in the individual all-around in 2012.
Despite the disappointment for Douglas in the individual, the U.S. sent a message to the rest of their competition that it very well could be a race for silver. The Americans topped second-place China by nearly 10 points, while littering the top of the standings in most of the individual rotations.
Team USA after an amazing meet! Leaders after 4/5 subdivisions. pic.twitter.com/7aqh7u8iD1— USA Gymnastics (@USAGym) August 7, 2016
Americans occupied three of the top four spots in floor exercise, with Biles finishing first, Raisman taking second and Laurie Hernandez finishing fourth. Douglas finished eighth on floor. Biles and Raisman will compete in the floor final.
On balance beam, Biles followed up a near-flawless routine from Hernandez with one of her own to take top honors, finishing with a score of 15.633. Hernandez took second with a 15.366, putting her and Biles in the beam final. Douglas and Raisman tied for seventh.
Kocian, who made the team based on her expertise in the uneven bars, made her coaches look smart. She beat out Russian Aliya Mustafina by 0.033 to take first in her signature event. Douglas finished third to reach the final, while Biles and Raisman finished 14th and 19th, respectively.
Women's qualifying is set to air on tape delay on NBC during their primetime coverage.