Biles’ run at Olympic history ends with bronze on the beam

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Simone Biles felt her right foot slip. Then her left.As she reached down to steady herself on the balance beam — her first visible misstep during an astonishing Olympics that includes three gold medals and some of the most boundary pushing gymnastics ever — one thought ran through her head.“Wow, Simone, that’s five-tenths,” Biles said.And that’s it. Nothing more. Sure, winning a record five gold medals in Rio de Janeiro would have been cool. Yet going 5 for 5 was always somebody else’s deal. It wasn’t hers. Her only regret in earning bronze during the beam final on Monday centered on those five seconds when she found herself scrambling trying to recover from a wobbly landing following a front flip.“I’m not disappointed in the medal that I received because anyone would love to have a bronze at an Olympics Games,” Biles said. “But I’m disappointed in the routine that I did and not so much the whole entire routine, just the front tuck I guess. Because the rest of the routine was pretty good.”Even if it wasn’t quite good enough to stand atop the podium for once. Her score of 14.733 ended up well behind the 15.466 put up Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands and the 15.333 “Final Five” teammate Laurie Hernandez posted while grabbing silver. Biles won’t leave Brazil with five golds — something no female gymnast has ever done — and she’s totally OK with it.“I think you guys want it more than I do,” Biles said matter of factly. “I just want to perform the routines that I practice.”Biles will get one more shot Tuesday in the floor exercise final, where a victory would let her join Larisa Latynina, Vera Caslavska and Ecaterina Szabo as the only women to win four golds during an Olympic meet. It’s heady territory for a 19-year-old, one who couldn’t help but sigh as the admitted perfectionist waited for her score to flash.“She wasn’t happy with it,” coach Aimee Boorman said. “She doesn’t like to make mistakes. It’s life and it happens and yes, she is human.”Even if Biles had nailed her routine, there’s no telling if she would have matched Wevers and Hernandez. Wevers was stunning while working across the 4-inch slab of wood 4-feet off the ground, calling it the performance of her life, one that ended with a hug from Dutch King Willem-Alexander and a phone call from the prime minister.“To be out there and do my best routine ever in such a big final was amazing,” Wevers said.It needed to be for Wevers to edge Hernandez. The 16-year-old is the youngest member of the “Final Five” that have turned the Rio Olympic Arena into a showcase highlighting the widening gap between the U.S. women’s program and the rest of the world. Yet she hardly looked overcome by the moment as she dazzled on her favorite event while securing a seventh medal for the American women.“I’m very comfortable when I’m up there,” Hernandez said. “It’s incredible to be able to tumble on four inches of wood.”Something that comes second nature to Hernandez, who regularly turns any random street curb into a chance to practice. She did it on her way to the venue on Monday, helping calm any lingering jitters.“I don’t really think about it,” Hernandez said. “I could probably sprint on the beam if I want to.”The medal also gave the relentlessly charismatic Hernandez a chance to step into the spotlight after national team coordinator Martha Karolyi opted to keep her budding star out of the all-around competition during qualifying. Hernandez accepted the assignment without complaint, her voice among the loudest in the arena during Biles’ gold-clinching floor exercise. Biles returned the favor after Hernandez stuck her dismount, the two good friends laughing during the seemingly interminable wait for the score.“She does those same exact routines in practice,” Biles said. “I’m so glad she could share that with the world and show how hard she’s been training.”Hernandez turned professional shortly before arriving in Rio and could fill the void at the top of the U.S. program if Biles decides to take a break after the games. True stardom awaits her once she returns home, a notion Biles is vaguely aware of but trying to tune out. She still considers herself “normal” even as other Olympic athletes stop her in the village to pose for selfies or say “Hi.”There will be a sense of relief when she finishes her Brazilian-themed floor routine on Tuesday, an event where she’s the reigning world champion and put on a display during the all-around final that Karolyi called the closest thing to perfection in the sport. One momentary lapse on Monday did nothing to diminish Biles’ extraordinary time in Rio.Also Monday, Ri Se Gwang of North Korea took gold in men’s vault, followed by Denis Abliazin of Russia and Kenzo Shirai of Japan. Eleftherios Petrounias of Greece powered his way to gold on still rings. Arthur Zanetti of Brazil took silver with Abliazin capturing bronze.last_img read more

Sherwood Emery must make Ozil feel like Arsenals main man

first_imgFormer Tottenham manager Tim Sherwood believes Unai Emery must keep Mesut Ozil on side at Arsenal and advised him to tell him whatever he needs to hear – even if it’s not trueThe German playmaker has missed Arsenal’s last four games after coming off with a knee problem at half-time in the club’s 1-1 Boxing Day draw at Brighton.Gunners boss Emery has previously also left out Ozil from his matchday squad for “tactical reasons”, but Sherwood believes the Spaniard would be well advised to not “burn any bridges” with Arsenal’s highest earner.“Surely he has to get Ozil on side? He’s one of his best players,” Sherwood told Sky Sports.“You can’t burn bridges with a player who is on £350,000 a week and is sitting there doing nothing.“You have to get him on side and get him on the pitch and do his best to make the team better.Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedSolskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira are good at what they do, but they cannot see the pass like Ozil.“Get him on side again, talk to him, get your arm around him and tell him what he needs to be told, even if you mean it or you don’t, you tell him and make him feel like he’s the main man, because Ozil on form is better than anything that Arsenal have got.“Not only that, he is eating away at that wage bill, it’s wasted money if he’s not on the pitch. Get him on the pitch.“It might be against your principles, but if you want to get results you are better with him in the team than without him in the team.”Ozil has managed three goals and one assist in 13 Premier League games this season.last_img read more

China releases 600 million wasps to combat moths

first_img The American White Moth, known in the U.S. as the Fall Webworm, (though some call them “forest locusts”) creates, during its larval stage, the familiar webbed nests seen on hardwood tree limbs all across the country. It is one of the few insects that have migrated from North America to other parts of the world. The Fall Webworm doesn’t generally harm the trees where it lives, though it does reduce the amount of leaves on them, which isn’t considered all that much of a problem until it moves to orchards where large swarms of them can actually totally denude a tree, leaving it with little means to collect sunlight for converting to energy for growing fruit.The American White Moth was first seen in China in Liaoning province back in 1979 and has been considered a pest ever since. This year alone, Chinese experts estimate that the moths have infested approximately 20,000 hectares of farmland and forest in and around the city where the insects were released.Professor Yang Zhongqi, a Chinese entomologist is credited with discovering that wasps, known as “chouionia cunea Yang,” could be used as a natural moth control vehicle when he found that a type of bee use their stingers to bore into the moth pupae and kill the larva inside in order to eat them. Zhongqi is also credited with giving the moth’s their Chinese name.Chinese entomologists breed the wasps on a huge scale employing silkworm cocoons, which they hang on trees in the areas where the moths are known to reproduce. Locals have given them the nickname “forest defenders” because of their ability to effectively control populations of the moths.In prior years, the wasps have been used to fight moth infestations in other provinces as well, and even in Beijing, and while releasing wasps does seem to be an effective and eco-friendly way to control the pests, experts warn that releasing wasps as a sole means of eradicating the American White Moth, is likely to be insufficient. (PhysOrg.com) — Chinese forestry officials have released some 600 million parasitic insects into the north China city of Baoding to combat the spread of the American White Moth that has been (in their caterpillar stage) eating the leaves off of forest and domestic orchard trees, as well as some farm crops. This is the fifth year in a row that Chinese officials have released wasps hoping to reduce the damage caused by the moths. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Corrected version: 8/11/2011 6pm.via Xinhuacenter_img Can wasps help save Britain’s conker trees? This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: China releases 600 million wasps to combat moths (2011, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-china-million-bees-combat-moths.htmllast_img read more