On Monday, Russian artistic gymnast Angelina Melnikova earned bronze in the women’s floor exercise competition at the Tokyo Olympics of 2020.
A. Melnikova Olympic Games Tokyo 2020
Judging Melnikova favourably, the judges gave her a score of 14.166, making her the highest-scoring member of Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee). Mai Murakami of Japan tied for third place with another competitor who had received the same number of points.
The United States’ Jade Carey (14.366 points) won gold, and Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari (14.366 points) took silver (14.200 points).
Since Melnikova already had a gold from the women’s all-around team competition and a bronze from the women’s all-around individual competition, this is her third medal from the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
The Russian gymnast, who is 21 years old, has won two silver and two bronze medals at the global championships and won silver in the women’s all-around team competition at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Due to International Sanctions on Russian Sports,
The Russian national team is competing in Tokyo as Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee), and as of today, they have won 12 gold, 21 silver, and 16 bronze medals. So far, Team ROC has earned five medals, putting them in fifth place.
This year, from July 23 to August 8, Tokyo, Japan, hosts the 2020 Summer Olympics. The 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan were pushed back by a year in March 2020 after the IOC voted to postpone them owing to the spread of the COVID-19 virus.
Tokyo 2020: Russia’s Debut
The 335 athletes who will represent Russia at the Summer Olympics were announced on an official roster published by the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) on July 6. There will be 185 women and 150 men competing for Russia in the Olympics in Tokyo.
The Russian flag and governmental emblem will not be used in Tokyo; instead, Russian competitors will compete under the flag and logo of the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC). At the Olympics in Japan, the Russian national anthem is banned as well.
There will be Sanctions Imposed on Russian Sports.
The Swiss Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne partially confirmed a prior judgement by WADA (the World Anti-Doping Agency) on a number of sanctions against Russian sports on December 17, 2020.
As a result of the CAS ruling, Russian athletes were barred for two years from competing in international competitions under the Russian flag, including the Olympic Games and the Paralympics.
For the next two years, according the Swiss court’s judgement, Russia will be barred from bidding on the hosting of any major sporting events. The ban imposed by WADA will remain in effect until December of 2022.
Here are the Concluding Numbers from Tokyo:
- Carey scores a 14.366.
- It cost Ferrari 14,200 dollars.
- Murakami and Melnikova scored a 14.166.
Considering Carey’s shaky beginning to these Games, her eventual medal success was a complete surprise.
During the all-around competition at the Olympics, the gymnast fell heavily off the balance beam. She was filling in for Biles and ended up placing eighth out of a total of twenty-four competitors.
Carey, though, demonstrated promise in the floor qualifying events. This Arizonan came in third, after Ferrari and Biles. She then delivered another triumphant showing on Monday morning.
On Tuesday morning, Biles will compete in her final individual event, the balancing beam final.