The U.S. women did what was expected of them in the all-around final, hitting all 16 routines with no major mistakes. They earned the highest team qualifying score, 185.238, by nearly 10 points.
So it was up the all-around race to provide the drama: three of the U.S. women were eligible, but only two would be allowed to advance due to the two-per-country rule.
Simone Biles, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas finished 1-2-3 respectively after four of five subdivisions has performed. All three broke sixty and were at least a point ahead of the 4th place finisher, but only Biles and Raisman will move on to the all-around final.
Gabby Douglas, the 2012 Olympic champion, not get the opportunity to defend her title.
It must have felt like deja vu to Raisman. In 2012, she unexpectedly beat out the reigning world champion and all-around favorite Jordyn Wieber to get the second spot in the all-around final. She finished fourth in London after losing a tiebreaker for third place to Russia’s Aliya Mustafina. She’s said that missing out on an all-around medal by a procedure that many consider unfair gave her the motivation to return to competition after she took about a year off from training.
Biles was the top qualifier to three event finals as expected: balance beam, vault and floor.
Raisman will join her in the floor final, Laurie Hernandez in the balance beam final and Douglas and Madison Kocian will compete together in the uneven bars final.