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PHOTO BY USA Gymnastics/John Cheng
TOKYO, Japan – Auburn gymnastics incoming freshman Sunisa Lee cemented her name in Olympic history as she captured gold in the individual all-around Thursday at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
“What a fantastic day! I am so proud of Suni and my brother Jess on all they’ve achieved through this journey,” head Auburn gymnastics coach Jeff Graba said. “This is truly a monumental achievement and for Auburn to be a part of it is so awesome. Congrats Suni and War Eagle!”
Lee won the all-around with a 57.433. She topped Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade (57.298) and Russia’s Angelina Melnikova (57.199).
With the win, Lee continued the line of U.S. Olympic champions and became the fifth-straight American to take gold in the all-around and sixth overall.
Lee held a slim .101 lead over Andrade heading into the final rotation. She nailed her floor routine for a 13.700 to edge out Andrade’s 13.666 to claim the top spot on the podium.
Lee kicked off the competition with a 14.600 on vault in rotation one, scoring her best in the event in the Olympic competition. She followed with her specialty and scored a 15.300 on the uneven bars. That mark was the best in the field on the day. Lee had a small balance check on beam, but still put together a great score with a 13.833 to hold the slim lead heading to floor.
The soon-to-be Tiger still has two more opportunities to medal at this year’s Olympic games. Lee will go the individual uneven bars (August 1, 3 a.m. CT) and the individual beam (August 3, 3 a.m. CT) finals for Team USA.