Rayderley Zapata has ended Spain’s gymnastics medal 13-year drought…
The 28-year-old Dominican-born Spanish gymnast claimed the silver medal in the men’s floor exercise at the 2020 Tokyo Games.
Zapata earned a score of 14.933 for his routine, the same score as gold medalist Artem Dolgopyat of Israel. But Dolgopyat benefited from the difficulty rating.
According to the judges, Zapata’s exercise obtained a 6.50 in difficulty, while Dolgopyat’s came in at 6.60. Those tenths prevented Spain from adding its second gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
The podium was completed by the Chinese gymnast Xiao Ruoteng with a score of 14,766.
The last Spanish gymnast to clain a medal in this discipline was Gervasio Deferr, at the 2008 Beijing Games. He won a silver with a 15.775 in the floor final.
Ray Zapata’s medal is the sixth metal for Spain at the Tokyo Games.