Sunisa Lee came out on top in Simone Biles’ absence to win gold and maintain Team USA’s dominance in the women’s all-around gymnastics.
The 18-year-old became the sixth American to win the title – and the fifth in a row – after beating Brazilians Rebeca Andrade and Angelina Melnikova for gold.
Although she stepped out of the final to focus on her sanity, Biles was cheering from the stands as her teammate aimed to capitalize.
Lee was looking to maintain his country’s impressive record in the event, which has triumphed simultaneously at the Olympics and World Championships since 2010.
The teenager admitted she almost quit gymnastics after two difficult years – both in and out of the gym.
Nonetheless, she duly delivered the goods, totaling 57,433 to win gold and overtake Andrade, who became the first Brazilian woman to win an Olympic medal in artistic gymnastics.
“It’s crazy, it’s so surreal. It’s a dream come true,” Lee said. “I don’t even know what to say. It didn’t even sink. The last two years with COVID have been crazy. There was one point I wanted to stop.
“To be here and to be an Olympic gold medalist is just crazy.”
PATIENT FOX COMES WELL
Australian Jess Fox became the first Olympic gold medalist in the women’s canoe-slalom (C1).
Multiple world champion, Olympic gold has eluded Fox over the years. She was a silver medalist in London in 2012, while she won a bronze medal in Rio four years later.
However, his persistence finally paid off after clocking 105.04 seconds in the final, while Britain’s Mallory Franklin and Germany’s Andrea Herzog completed the podium.
“I can’t believe it,” said Fox, who also won bronze in the women’s kayak earlier this week.
“I dreamed of [a gold medal] and I really believed it was in me, but you never know what’s going to happen at the Olympics.
“It’s about keeping your cool and I probably haven’t done that kayaking very well a few days before so it was hard to get there. But it was amazing doing what I did. did today. “