‘There was a lot of time I wanted to quit’: Sunisa Lee on winning gymnastics all-around gold
Sunisa Lee came to Tokyo thinking the best she might do was win an all-around Olympic silver but the youngest member of the US gymnastics team grabbed the gold after Simone Biles dropped out of the event over mental health concerns.
With Biles watching from the front row at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Lee won the all-around to secure the title for the US for a fifth straight Games on the final rotation – the floor exercise – for a 57.433 winning total.
Surprise package, 22-year-old Brazilian Rebeca Andrade, who had topped the rankings for the majority of the evening, took the silver for her country’s first-ever medal in women’s gymnastics and Russian Angelina Melnikova completed the podium by taking the bronze for the ROC.
Sunisa Lee steps up in Biles’s absence to win Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around