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Russian gymnast Melnikova wins 2020 Olympic bronze in women’s floor exercise

The gold went to Jade Carey of the United States and the silver was grabbed by Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari
Angelina Melnikova Sergei Bobylev/TASS
Angelina Melnikova
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TOKYO, August 2. /TASS/. Russian artistic gymnastics athlete Angelina Melnikova won bronze on Monday at the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo in women’s floor exercise competition.

Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) athlete Melnikova was awarded by judges 14.166 points for her performance. The same amount of points was earned by Mai Murakami of Japan and both athletes were awarded the bronze, sharing 3rd step of the pedestal.

The gold went to Jade Carey of the United States (14.366 points) and the silver was grabbed by Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari (14.200 points).

This is Melnikova’s third medal of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics as she previously won the gold in women’s all-around team event and the bronze in women’s all-around individual event.

The 21-year-old Russian gymnast is also the silver medal winner of the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro in women’s all-around team competition and boasts two silver and two bronze medals of the world championships in various competitions.

As of today, the Russian national team of athletes in Tokyo — participating as Team ROC (the Russian Olympic Committee) due to international sanctions against Russian sports — boasts 12 gold, 21 silver and 16 bronze medals. Team ROC is currently 5th in the overall medals count.

The 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Japan’s capital of Tokyo are being held this year between July 23 and August 8. In March 2020, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) decided to postpone the 2020 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games in Japan for one year due to the spread of COVID-19.

Russia at Tokyo-2020

On July 6, the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) published an approved list of 335 athletes, who were selected to represent the country at the Summer Olympic Games. The Olympic delegation of Russian athletes in Tokyo includes 185 female and 150 male athletes.

Russian athletes are competing in Tokyo under the flag and logo of the Russian National Olympic Committee (ROC) instead of the Russian national flag and state emblem. The national anthem of Russia is also under sanctions at the Olympics in Japan.

Sanctions against Russian sports

On December 17, 2020, the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland’s Lausanne partially upheld WADA’s (the World Anti-Doping Agency) previous ruling on a number of sanctions against Russian sports.

Following the CAS decision, Russian athletes were deprived of their right to participate in all World Championships, Olympic and Paralympic Games under the national flag of Russia for a two-year period.

The ruling of the Swiss-based court also stripped Russia of the right to bid for the organization of all international sports tournaments for a period of two years. WADA’s sanctions will be in force until December 2022.