Who said this year’s Olympics wasn’t full of surprises?
During the men’s gymnastics floor routine finals at the Rio Olympics on Sunday, two Brazilian athletes managed to nab two medals in an unexpected win after a disappointing finish for two of the biggest names in gymnastics.
Diego Hypélito, 30, topped off what may be his final Olympics with Team Brazil by securing the silver with a score of 15.533. Meanwhile, Arthur Mariano (aka, Simone Biles‘ “Brazilian boyfriend“) won bronze for a score of 15.433 after he initially didn’t even qualify to advance to the floor event finals. (He got in thanks to the “two-athletes-per-country” rule.)
Max Whitlock, 23, from Great Britain, nabbed the gold with a score of 15.633. It is the U.K.’s first-ever gold medal for gymnastics.
The big wins for the Brazilians came after two men who were expected to medal – Team U.S.A.’s and Japan’s “King” Kohei Uchimura, arguably the best gymnast in the world– gave less-than-perfect performances on the floor. Uchimura scored a 5th place spot with 15.241 while Mikulak, the star of the U.S. men’s gymnastic’s team, finished in last place with a disappointing 14.333.
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The moment was a big one for Brazil, with Mariano, 22, collapsing to the floor and covering his ears when it became apparent that he was about to win bronze. Hypélito, meanwhile, waited for his score anxiously with his coaches and the crowd broke out into intense cheers.
Soon, the three men joined each other on the floor for a photo with their flags.
“It’s a picture no one thought would ever happen,” NBC said.