Gymnastics in Tokyo: Sunisa Lee wins all-around gold, edges Rebeca

Simone Biles had withdrawn from the final of the individual all-around gymnastics competition at the Olympics due to concerns over her mental health.

Sunisa Lee of the United States in action during the floor exercise. REUTERS/Mike Blake   -  REUTERS

Sunisa Lee claimed the coveted all-around gold medal many expected to see go to her United States team mate Simone Biles on Thursday, as the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics competition moved on without its biggest star.

With Biles watching from the front row at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Lee clinched gold in the all-around to secure the title for the United States' for a fifth consecutive Games on the final rotation - the floor exercise - to post a winning total of 57.433.

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Surprise package 22-year-old Brazilian Rebeca Andrade, who had topped the rankings most of the evening, grabbed the silver for her country's first ever medal in women's gymnastics.

Russian Angelina Melnikova completed the podium taking the bronze for the ROC.

Considered heir apparent to Biles, 18-year-old Lee had her moment arrive sooner than expected.

Biles, winner of every all-around competition she entered since 2013, threw the fight for the Olympic gold wide open when she decided not to defend her Rio Games all-around title having dropped out of the team event on Tuesday after one poor vault citing the need to focus on her mental health.

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