Gymnastics chief prefers Raisman style to Biles 'acrobatics'

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US gymnast Alexandra Raisman competes in the women's floor event final of the Artistic Gymnastics at the Olympic Arena during the Rio 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro on August 16, 2016 (AFP Photo/Thomas Coex)
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Rio de Janeiro (AFP) - Gymnastics chief Bruno Grandi told AFP on Tuesday he preferred the "more artistic" floor performance of Olympic silver medallist Aly Raisman to the "acrobatics" of her gold-medal winning US teammate Simone Biles in Rio.

"The only thing with which I don't agree with the judges, and it's a personal opinion and not a criticism -- for me the gymnastics of the second American (Raisman) is more artistic than the first (Simone Biles). The first, it's acrobatics," International Gymnastics Federation (FIG) president Grandi, 82, told AFP.

"Artistic sense is related to personality but also to the morphology of the body. She (Biles) is almost like a bomb, with amazing height. Whenever she tries to make artistic movements, they seem a bit forced. But she won, and she didn't steal it."

Biles, 19, claimed a record-equalling fourth women's gold in Rio with her powerful and acrobatic Samba floor routine giving her the edge on Raisman, the 2012 Olympic floor champion, who performed to the Russian folk song 'Kalinka'.

Biles scored 15.966 points with 22-year-old Raisman achieving 15.500.

Biles won four gold -- team, all-around, vault and floor -- and a bronze on beam in her first Olympics.

Two-time Olympian Raisman won her second team gold in Rio and was also runner-up to Biles in the all-around.