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Rio 2016 Olympic Games US storm to team gymnastics gold

Having won gold in London in four years ago, it was the United States who triumphed once again in the women's team gymnastics at Rio 2016.

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Simone Biles performed the winning floor routine as United States dominated the women's team gymnastics final at Rio 2016 on Tuesday.

The USA team - consisting of Biles, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian and Aly Raisman - topped the standings on all four apparatus to triumph by a huge margin of 8.209 points.

Douglas and Raisman were part of the group that won in London four years ago and become the first gymnasts since Svetlana Boginskaya in 1988 and 1992 to win back-to-back golds in the event.

As in 2012, silver went to Russia, while China returned to the podium in third having last appeared on the top step in 2008.

Biles was the only American to compete in all four events and her near-perfect floor routine at the end of the day gave the US the historic gold with a final score of 184.897.

Her first event, the vault, had produced a staggering 15.933.

Despite being left out of the individual all-around, Douglas stuck her landing on the uneven bars with a 15.766 score. Kocian was even better, scoring a 15.933 in her top event.

Combined with Biles' score, the US remained in first after the second rotation and were up nearly four points on China.

The United States went 1-2-3 on the beam, with Biles and Hernandez's scores of 15.300 and 15.233 topping the rotation. Raisman's score of 15.000 was a jump up from her 14.833 in qualification.

The floor exercise was the icing on the cake for the United States. Hernandez had the crowd eating out of the palm of her hand, where an energetic routine and a wink at the judges earned her a 14.833. With Raisman's 15.366 and Biles' 15.800, the Americans easily clinched gold.

Japan put in a strong performance to finish fourth, ahead of Great Britain and Germany in fifth and sixth respectively.

Netherlands finished seventh, while hosts Brazil were left to prop up the leaderboard in eighth.

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