USA’s Laurie Hernandez Wins Silver in Beam Final, Simone Biles Takes Bronze

US gymnast Lauren Hernandez competes in the qualifying for the women's Beam event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016 (PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)
US gymnast Lauren Hernandez competes in the qualifying for the women’s Beam event of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 7, 2016 (PHOTO CREDIT: Ben Stansall/AFP/Getty Images)

Simone Biles won’t be the first female gymnast to win five gold medals at one Olympics.

The all-around champion took bronze on balance beam Monday. She nearly fell after one flip, and had to bend down and hold onto the beam with her hands.

Teammate Laurie Hernandez, 16, won the silver.

Biles can still join Ecaterina Szabo (1984), Vera Caslavska (1968) and Larisa Latynina (1956) as a four-time gold medalist with Tuesday’s floor final. She’s a three-time world champion on that event.

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SOURCE: USA Today, Nancy Armour

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