As of his birth on May 26, 1993, Miguel Rayderley Zapata Santana[a], a member of the Spanish men’s artistic gymnastics team, was of Dominican Republic descent.
At the 2015 European Games, he earned the men’s floor exercise gold medal, and at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, he won bronze.
Zapata was also chosen to participate for Spain in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
Where he almost missed making it to the final round of his specialty apparatus exercise by less than 0.2 of a point.
When it came to artistic gymnastics at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Spain’s Zapata took home silver.
Ray Zapata Won Silver in Tokyo Olympics
Sunday, at the Tokyo Olympic Games, Spanish gymnast Ray Zapata won the silver medal in the floor final.
Zapata is still in extremely close proximity to gold, as he is tied on points with the winner, the Israeli Artem Dolgopyat.
Chinese athlete Xiao Ruoteng won bronze. Dominican-born and Spanish-speaking Ray Zapata (1993) has eliminated a potential roadblock to his finals appearance in Rio.
In this case, what he touched was worth as much as gold, as he tied with Dolgopyat for highest score.
However, the judges rewarded him with 0.1 additional points for difficulty, knocking Zapata out of first place.
For Spanish artistic gymnastics, it is the first medal since Gervasio Deferr won silver on the ground at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Ray Zapata, Silver in Artistic Gymnastics: Spain’s Sixth Medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics
The 28-year-old Spanish gymnast Ray Zapata stunned the crowd by winning the artistic gymnastics floor exercise and the overall competition.
Throughout the entire drill, Rayderley maintained a commanding lead. With a score of 14,933, he tied with the Israeli and was separated from the first metal by only ten tenths of a point in difficulty.
Spain finally takes home a gold medal in this event 13 years after they last won one. Zapata was one of Spain’s potential medal-table surprises.
His fourth-place finish in the qualifying round raised hopes that he may pull off a surprising performance in the finals that would propel him into the medal contention. What’s more, he aced it to boot.
In addition to the Miyachi on high bar and the Nagornyy on floor, the Zapata 2 on floor (double front layout with 112 twist).
It is one of the three most difficult components in men’s artistic gymnastics, all of which have been ranked as I. (0.9).
Zapata also has a G-rated floor dance called the Zapata, which is a double front tuck with a 112 twist (0.7).