Gabby Douglas, the 16-year-old gymnast, captured gold in the All-Around competition in London, narrowly edging out Russia’s Victoria Komova in a thrilling competition. (NBC didn’t show it, and won’t until tonight, but if you watched the BBC feed, you were able to enjoy it.) Douglas finished with a score of 62.232; Komova a 61.973. American Alex Raisman finished 4th. [UPDATE: Raisman actually tied for 3rd with a Russian, but for reasons that are not quite clear, was awarded 4th place. The word “execution” is being thrown around as a possible reason. Seems vague. Stay tuned.]
According to Christine Brennan of USA Today, Douglas became the first African-American All-Around champ in Olympic history. The scores from Douglas:
Komova went last on the floor, and was virtually flawless, but her routine was not nearly as complex, and Douglas edged her out for gold. Douglas is the first American woman to win gold in both the team & individual all-around.