RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — American Simone Biles added a third gold medal to her haul in Rio by easily winning the women’s vault final. The 19-year-old averaged 15.966 during her two vaults, well clear of silver medalist Maria Paseka of Russia. Biles is the first American woman to win Olympic gold on vault. Her three gold medals in Rio also are the most by an American female gymnast in one Olympics. Biles will have a chance at more gold later this week when she competes in the event finals on balance beam and floor exercise.
In the uneven bars American Madison Kocian won the silver while in the men’s pommel horse Alexander Naddour of the U.S. won bronze.
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