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U.S. clinches victory in gymnastics


Sunisa Lee competes on the balance beam at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday. Associated Press/Photo by Morry Gash

U.S. clinches victory in gymnastics

American gymnast Sunisa Lee on Thursday won gold in the Olympic all-around individual final. The 18-year-old Minnesota native is the first Hmong American to become an Olympian. She is the fifth consecutive American woman to win the competition. Previous champion Simone Biles withdrew ahead of the challenge over health concerns.

Any other Olympic highlights? U.S. women’s water polo captain Maggie Steffens broke the Olympic scoring record on Friday with a goal against the Russian Olympic Committee during the third period. The U.S. women’s basketball team defeated Japan and will play against France on Monday. American reigning BMX Olympian Connor Fields is “awake and awaiting further medical evaluation” after he crashed in the third semifinal run and was taken out on a stretcher.

Dig deeper: From the WORLD archives, read Sharon Dierberger’s feature on Hmong refugees in Minnesota.


Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD’s Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University–Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria.

@onize_ohiks

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