American Gymnast Lee Steps Up in Biles’ Absence and Wins All-Around Gold Medal


American gymnast Sunisa Lee stepped into the void left by Simone Biles and won a gold medal Thursday in the women’s all-around competition of the Tokyo Olympics.

Lee ensured that despite Biles’ decision to drop out of the competition “to focus on her mental health,” the United States would bring home its fifth straight all-around gymnastics gold, according to USA Today.

The 18-year-old from St. Paul, Minnesota, won with an overall score of 57.433.

Rebeca Andrade of Brazil placed second with a score of 57.298, and Angelina Melnikova of Russia won the bronze with a score of 57.199, according to ESPN.

Jade Carey, who was added to the competition after Biles withdrew, finished eighth, with a score of 54.199 points.

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