Olympics: Japan's Kato, Murakami 7th In Parallel Bars, Women's Floor


Olympics: Japan's Kato, Murakami 7th in parallel bars, women's floorJapan closed out the Rio Olympics gymnastics competition without adding to their medal haul Tuesday, with Ryohei Kato and Mai Murakami both finishing seventh on the men's parallel bars and women's floor exercise, respectively.

Ukraine's all-around silver medalist Oleg Verniaiev pulled off a powerful performance to win the parallel bars final, while American Simone Biles collected her fourth gold medal at these Games with a near-perfect routine on the floor.

Kato, 22, raised the difficulty level of his routine on the bars impromptu to 6.800 points for the apparatus final, but that was not enough to put him in contention as six of the eight finalists had higher difficulty scores.

"I changed my landing from D level to F level, but I paid so much attention to it that the other parts got a bit sloppy," said the two-time Olympian, whose bars program was worth 6.600 in difficulty during the men's qualifying and the team and all-around finals.

"I'm disappointed with my placing, but seeing as I was able to go in cold with a 6.8 composition for the first time and was successful, I felt like I was able to enjoy these Olympics at the very end," he said.

Together with the execution score, Kato earned 15.233, while Verniaiev got 16.041 for the gold. American Danell Leyva won the silver with 15.900 and Russian David Belyavskiy finished third at 15.783.

"I'm happier than ever in having won the team gold medal, but I didn't do very well in the individual events, so I will work harder from now on," said Kato, who was 11th in the all-around.

On the floor, 20-year-old Murakami was the first athlete to compete. She lost her balance on a tuck-stand turn in an otherwise clean routine that featured a quadruple turn and received 14.533.

"I was the last Japanese gymnast to compete (at these Olympics)...and I thought I'd enjoy myself and not think much about the outcome, so I think I was able to perform in a good state of mind," she said.

"I don't think my techniques are all that much lower than the other gymnasts, but the jumps are my weak point so I'm thinking about what new tricks I can perform and what I can do to beat the others," said the Olympic debutant who was fourth in the women's team final and 14th in the women's all-around.

Biles scored 15.966 to add to her victories in the women's team, all-around and vault finals as well as her bronze on the balance beam. Fellow American Alexandra Raisman took silver and Amy Tinkler of Britain the bronze.

In the very last gymnastics apparatus final in Rio, German four-time Olympian Fabian Hambuechen, 28, won the gold on the men's horizontal bar, after having taken bronze in the Beijing Games in 2008 and silver in London four years ago.

Leyva grabbed his second silver and Briton Nile Wilson took bronze.