Simone Biles has congratulated USA teammate Sunisa Lee on her gold medal within the Olympic girls’s gymnastics all-around last on Thursday, sending her a heartfelt message.
Biles would have been the heavy favorite to defend her title from Rio 2016 however opted to withdraw from the occasion to give attention to her psychological well being, having pulled out of the workforce last mid-competition on Tuesday following an out-of-sorts opening vault.
However she was again on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre to cheer on each Lee and Jade Carey, with the latter drafted in to switch Biles at brief discover.
The USA had gained the all-around last at every of the final 4 Olympics, going again to Athens 2004, and Lee confronted a tough check in a really aggressive discipline.
Her important competitors got here from two Russians, Angelina Melnikova – who gained bronze – and Vladislava Urazova, in addition to the impressed Brazilian Rebecca Andrade, who claimed silver.
However Lee was extra constant than her rivals and, thanks largely to her good rating on the uneven bars, claimed gold with a rating of 57.433, narrowly forward of Andrade’s 57.298 in second place.
Biles appeared to dwell each second of her youthful teammate’s success from the stands, applauding and cheering as loud as anybody, and was delighted to see her win a primary gold medal so as to add to the silver USA gained within the workforce occasion.
‘Congrats Princess, you completely killed it,’ wrote Biles on Instagram. ‘Olympic champion proper right here! So, so, so past pleased with you!’
Biles additionally uploaded a clip to her Instagram tales of Lee returning to the Olympic village along with her gold medal and appeared genuinely thrilled for the 18-year-old, writing: ‘The queen has arrived.’
Reacting to her victory, Lee mentioned afterwards: ‘It’s a dream come true. I don’t even know what to say. It hasn’t even sunk in.
‘The previous two years with Covid have been loopy. There was one level I needed to give up. To be right here and to be an Olympic gold medallist is simply loopy.’
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