Sadly, Gabby Douglas Won't Be Able to Advance to the All-Around Finals
Returning Gymnastics champion and 2012 all-around gold medalist Gabby Douglas will not be allowed to advance and defend her title she won in London four years ago.
Douglas was so close to being able to compete with the third highest all-around score of 60.131. Her teammates Simone Biles finished first with 62.366, and Aly Raisman finished second with score 60.607.
According to the Washington Post, Douglas is unable to advance due to the "two-per-country" rule, which was issued by the International Federation of Gymnastics in order to encourage diversity in the sport and to keep certain countries from completely dominating in competition.
This rule has been a source of heated debate and criticism, with many people mentioning the rule is unfair to top performers who would have otherwise qualified if the rule wasn't established in the first place.
As a country, we are saddened we can't see Douglas advance, but she told the Associated Press, "I'm not disappointed at all, I have no regrets."
Even though Douglas won't be able to compete in the all-around finals, she will still be able to compete alongside her teammate Madison Kocian for the uneven bars final.
So honored and thankful to be able to represent Team USA! I had an amazing time last night competing with my teammates and I'm so excited for Team Finals and Uneven Bar Finals!!! Thank you to everyone who has supported and cheered me on during this journey!!! I love and deeply appreciate each one of you!!!
NBC Sports declared that the U.S is guaranteed to win to team gold and Biles has the chance to become the first female gymnast to ever win five Olympic gold medals.
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