(AFP) – With former champion Simone Biles Cheering him on with a mask from the stands, Sunisa Lee won Olympic gold in the women’s general competition in artistic gymnastics this Thursday in Tokyo, where the United States dominates without interruption in the Games since 2004.
In that appointment in Athens the victory in the test went to Carly Patterson and then came the victories of Nastia Liukin (Beijing-2008), Gabrielle Douglas (2012) and Simone Biles (Rio-2016) to achieve the title considered most prestigious in gymnastics.
Sunisa Lee, 18 years old, finished the contest with a total of 57,433 points and surpassed on the podium of the day the Brazilian Rebeca Andrade (57,298 points) and the Russian Angelina Melnikova (57,199 points), who were silver and bronze respectively.
The gold in Tokyo is a joy for a young athlete who has experienced several tragedies in recent years. In 2019, Sunisa Lee’s father was paralyzed from the chest down from a fall from a ladder, while in 2020 an aunt and uncle died of the coronavirus.
“The last two years with COVID they have been crazy. There was a moment when I wanted to stop. Being here and being an Olympic gold medalist is great, ”Sunisa Lee celebrated after her victory at the Ariake Gymnastics Center.
No one could have imagined at the beginning of the week that Simone Biles was going to be off the podium.
– #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 29, 2021
The gymnast initially called to be the big star of Tokyo-2020 she had been declared withdrawn from the general contest on Wednesday “to focus on her mental health” after “a medical evaluation.”
On Tuesday, Biles had left in the middle of the general team competition, where the United States hung the silver medal. Sunisa Lee was part of that group of ‘Team USA’.
It was speculated on a first moment with a physical problem, But it was soon explained that the reason was “mental health” and the “demons” that made him have a hard time when he jumped on the tapestry.
The 2021 Olympic AA Champion, ladies and gentleman Sunisa Lee ♥ ️
– Mimi ♡ ︎ (@Podkopajeva) July 29, 2021
The decision on Biles’ participation in the apparatus finals (jump, balance beam, floor, uneven bars) will be evaluated day by day.