Olympics-Gymnastics-Carey wins floor gold to make amends for vault flop
By Elaine Lies
TOKYO (Reuters) - American Jade Carey produced a series of soaring tumbling combinations to win gold in floor gymnastics at the Tokyo Games on Monday, while Mai Murakami became the first Japanese woman to win a single Olympic gymnastics medal.
The absence of the floor champion from 2016, Simone Biles, in the final due to mental health problems had left the field wide open and Carey took her chance to get gold with a score of 14,366 points.
The win allowed Carey to heal her battered pride after finishing last among eight competitors in Monday's jump finals.
The Italian Vanessa Ferrari, world champion in the all-round area in 2006, finally got her hands on an Olympic medal at the age of 30 when she won silver with 14,200.
Murakami and Angelina Melnikova from the Russian Olympic Committee both won bronze with identical values of 14.166.
While Japanese men have long been a powerhouse at gymnastics, Murakami awarded the host nation their first Olympic medal in women's gymnastics since their team bronze in 1964, when Tokyo last hosted the Summer Games.
(Reporting by Chang-Ran Kim and Elaine Lies; Editing by Himani Sarkar and Pritha Sarkar)
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