The United States won the women’s gymnastics all-around gold medal for the sixth time in a row at the Olympics. Despite the absence of Simone Biles, Team USA was able to win owing to Suni Lee’s outstanding performance.
Lee spent the entire day in a tight, contested final. Her rotation included herself, Jade Carey, Angelina Melnikova, and Vladislava Urazova of the Russian Olympic Committee, Nina Derwael of Belgium, and Rebeca Andrade of Brazil.
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SHE WINS GOLD IN THE ALL-AROUND 🥇 pic.twitter.com/R4QClkSrQk
The players competed for the lead throughout the competition. Andrade kept it through the vault and uneven bars in the first two rotations.
Lee was able to gain a tiny lead over Urazova and Andrade following a solid beam routine. Lee was helped by Andrade stepping out of bounds twice during the floor competition as she hung on to win.
Lee won the all-around competition with a score of 57.433, a margin of fewer than 0.2 points over Andrade. Melnikova and Urazova were also within a half-point of the lead.
The US has won five consecutive gold medals in the women’s all-around competition since 2004.
Suni Lee is the most recent winner, following Carly Patterson (2004), Nasta Liukin (2008), Gabby Douglas (2012), and Simone Biles (2016).
Watch her video below: