When it came down to the wire, it was between Gabrielle Douglas of the USA and Viktoria Komova of Russia on the individual floor exercises.
Gabrielle Douglas of the U.S. performs her floor exercise during the women’s individual all-around gymnastics final in the North Greenwich Arena at the London 2012 Olympic Games August 2, 2012.
Gabrielle gave a tour-de-force performance on the floor exercises, beating out Russia’s Komova by .259 of a point.
Russia’s Aliya Mustafina took the bronze.
As the winner of gold medals in both the individual and team all-around competitions, Gabrielle Douglas is the first Black American and first woman of color in Olympic history to become the individual all-around champion, and the first American gymnast to win gold in both the individual all-around and team competitions at the same Olympics.
Gabrielle became the fourth U.S. gymnast to capture the coveted all-around title, following Mary Lou Retton (1984), Carly Patterson (2004) and Nastia Liukin (2008). Gabrielles’ win came two days after the Americans won the team gold. An American woman has now won the all-around title at the last three Olympics, marking the first time a women’s program has achieved this feat since the Soviets (1952-60).
Way to go, Gabby!