LONDON — American Gabby Douglas won the gold medal in the women’s all-around gymastics Thursday at Greenwich Arena.
Douglas adds her individual title to the team gold she led Team USA to Tuesday. Douglas was the winner at the U.S. Olympic Trials, and only cemented her standing as the United States’ top gymnast — not to mention the world’s.
Douglas finished with 62.232 points, and Russia’s Viktoria Kimova won the silver with 61.973 points. Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Aly Raisman of the United States finished tied with 59.566 points, but Mustafina was awarded the bronze on the basis of a tiebreaker. (For the tiebreaker, Mustafina’s and Raisman’s scores were amended, dropping the lowest of the four apparatus scores.)
Douglas became the third straight American to win gymnastics’ biggest prize, taking the lead on the very first event Thursday night and never really letting anyone else get close.
Heading into the final rotation, Douglas sat atop the leaderboard with a 47.199 score. Raisman, who edged U.S. teammate Jordyn Weiber to qualify for Thursday’s individual all-around final, was fifth heading into the final rotation with a score of 44.433.
Douglas brought the house down with her energetic floor routine, and U.S. teammates Jordyn Wieber, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross jumped to their feet and cheered when she finished. Douglas flashed a smile and coach Liang Chow lifted her off the podium.
Medals on the individual disciplines will be handed out in the coming days, with the full complement of American gymnasts — Wieber, Douglas, Raisman and McKayla Maroney in particular — in contention.
Congrats Gabby Douglas!
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