Rio Olympics 2016: Women of different religious backgrounds participate and compete in harmony

Rio Olympics 2016

All around the world, racial discrimination has caused many disputes among people but sports have always provided everyone with a neutral medium. Likewise, the Rio Olympics 2016 that are currently underway, have become a big example where contestants belonging to multiple faiths and different races, play against each other without any dispute.

These contestants have risen above all the sectarian, religious wars, and have shown that there is a lot more to life than these fights. On Thursday, the women’s gymnastics all-around competition was won by three women of different religions. A gold medal was won by a Christian, a Jew scored a silver medal while a Muslim took home a bronze medal.

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Congratulations S. Biles on winning the women's individual all-around today!

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It was Simone Biles from USA, who added a 2nd gymnastics gold medal to her team. She managed to move ahead of American-Jewish gymnast Aly Raisman by 1-2, while the Muslim contestant from Russia, Aliya Mustafina, won a bronze medal for the second time in Olympics.

After winning the gold medal for the third time in the Olympics, it is thought that Biles might make a record in five women’s gymnastics golds as the finals of floor, with vault, on track and beam, are still to come. During the contest all three contestants put in their every effort to win at the Rio Olympics 2016.

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(R-L) Russia’s Aliya Mustafina, US gymnast Simone Biles and US gymnast Alexandra Raisman celebrate on the podium of the women’s individual all-around final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio Olympics 2016. Image: AFP PHOTO / EMMANUEL DUNAND

Looking at the points closely, Biles was quick in finishing before Raisman by 2.1 points. In the floor routine, she showed off her perfect, rather we must say her signature tumbling move, which has been named after her as “Biles.” Biles, who is a practicing Christian Texan, with a height of 4’9” made it to the Olympics for the first time and was lucky enough to grab the second gold medal for her country.

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Winners of Women all around gymnastics competition in Rio Olympics 2016. Image:

She was ahead of Rasiman by 0.233 points, in an Amanar vault. Her shaky landing was ignored as she hit the ground with 15.866 points. While, on uneven bars, Biles was left behind by Mustafina, as she scored 15.666. Biles could manage to hit just 14.966 on the set.

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But it could not help Mustafina maintain her lead as Biles came in full action during the beam apparatus and scored a straight 15.433. Mustafina could not keep her composure and fell into errors. Biles then defeated Mustafina in the final floor game by 1.533 points.