Suni Lee wins Olympic gold for the USA in the women’s all-around competition
An American was at the top of the podium for the women from the stands.Gymnastics all around, as always. Suni Lee became the fifth straight American to claim the Olympic title on Thursday, beating Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade in a fun and hotly contested final while she was the defending champion cheered
Lee’s total score of 57,433 was just enough to beat Andrade, who won the first medal in gymnastics in a Latin American athlete’s all-around but missed gold when she went off twice during her floor exercise. Bronze went to Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova two days after leading the Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) to gold in the team final.
Lee and the Americans won silver in that event, one in whichafter one turn when she decided she wasn’t mentally ready to compete.
Galle chose to do italso, which led to the harrowing sight of the gymnast who as the together with teammates Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner, watch the biggest meeting in five years from the stands.
“The flowing love and support I received made it clear to me that I am more than my achievements and gymnastics, which I never really believed in before.”.
The absence of 24-year-old Biles opened up an opportunity the 24 women who spoke at the Ariake Gymnastics Center probably didn’t think possible when they landed in Tokyo earlier this month: a legitimate shot to the top of the podium . Biles had won all major international competitions since 2013, with the exception of the 2017 World Championships, which took place in the year she started after her triumph in Rio de Janeiro five years ago.
But when Lee, Andrade, and the rest of the contenders were nervous, it hardly showed. Andrades near-perfect cheng bulge gave her an early head start, but Lee used her spectacular uneven bars set – the toughest in the competition right now – to get closer.
Lee, an 18-year-old Hmong American from Minnesota, worked her way through a nervous blasting routine. She almost fell off doing a wolf turn – basically a seated twist – and basically had to suck her toes against the 4-inch wood plank to stay on. Her score of 13,833 moved her in front of Andrade towards floor exercise.
In one Video posted on Twitter, Members of Lee’s family jumped for joy and cheered when she won the gold.
Lee was the first to opt for a three-pass routine rather than four, in the hopes that better execution would overwrite any possible tenths she gave up by not making a fourth pass. Their 13,700 was stable, but it left a void for Andrade.
The 21-year-old Brazilian, who had removed a cruciate ligament rupture in her knee two years after a third operation, achieved the best bottom ranking of the contenders in qualifying. Nevertheless, at the end of her first dive, she jumped off with both feet. And her right foot stepped off the white mat and onto the surrounding blue carpet.
It took her 13,802 to win and instead received 13,666, which added to U.S. dominance in one of the marquee tents at the Olympics. The Americans have won every Olympic finals since Carly Patterson won the 2004 Athens Games.
Biles was strongly preferred to renew this strip before unsubscribing. Lee, who struggled with ankle injuries so painful that she sometimes limped at the US championships last month, stepped into the void. She actually defeated Biles on the second night of the Olympic Trials in late June.
A month later, she was on the Douglas podium in 2012 as one of the new faces in a sport that is becoming increasingly diverse in the United States.
, who replaced Biles for the US team in the final, finished ninth.
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