Awe-inspiring performances in a close match-up between Americans Simone Biles and Aly Raisman, and Russian Aliya Mustafina, are a cross-section of faith, race and nationality
DE JANEIRO, Brazil — In a world awash in religious and sectarian tensions, the three Olympic victors in the women’s all-around gymnastics competition delivered a multi-faith mosaic on the medals podium Thursday in Rio, with a Christian, a Jew and a Muslim taking gold, silver and bronze respectively.
She led a US 1-2 ahead of American Jewish gymnastics star Aly Raisman, with Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, who is of Muslim descent on her father’s side, taking her second straight Olympic all-around bronze.
The victory keeps three-time world all-around champion Biles’ bid for a record five women’s gymnastics golds on track, with vault, beam and floor finals to come.
The three were neck-and-neck throughout the contest.
Biles finished 2.1 points ahead of Raisman (who lit the flame at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Jerusalem), wrapping up the title with a dynamic floor routine which included her signature tumbling “Biles” move named after her.