Suni Lee became the fifth straight American woman to claim the Olympic Games title in the women’s gymnastics all-around. She edged Rebeca Andrade of Brazil in an entertaining and hotly contested final while Simone Biles cheered from the stands.
Lee’s total of 57.433 points was just enough to top Andrade. The Brazilian earned the first gymnastics all-around medal by a Latin American athlete but missed out on gold when she stepped out of bounds twice during her floor routine.
Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova earned bronze two days after leading ROC to gold in the team final.
GOLDEN MOMENT 🥇@sunisalee_ takes home gold in the women's all-around! @TeamUSA // #TokyoOlympics x #OlympicHERstorypic.twitter.com/QH2VqLomQ8
Biles topped qualifying but opted not to defend the title she won in Rio de Janeiro to focus on her mental health. Biles sat with Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles and MyKayla Skinner to cheer on Lee and withdrawing from competition.
Biles tweeted she had a realization after pulling out of the Games: “I’m more than my accomplishments.”
“The outpouring love and support I’ve received has made me realize I’m more than my accomplishments and gymnastics which I never truly believed before,” Biles wrote.
This story was originally published by CBS News on July 29, 2021 at 9:33 a.m. ET.
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