First Gold medal for African American gymnast

Friday August 3, 2012

Gabby Douglas has become the first African American to win an Olympic gold medal for gymnastics.

On Thursday, the 16-year-old, who is nicknamed "the Flying Squirrel", claimed her medal with a score of 62,232.

Russia's Viktoria Komova and Aliya Mustafina winning silver and bronze.

Gabby said she felt "honoured" to have gained the title and adding:

"It just feels amazing to be called the Olympic champion."

Gabby wowed the crowd at North Greenwich arena as she excelled in all four stages of the contest: the uneven bars, beam, floor and the vault, which earned her a score of 15.966, the highest of the competition.

Meanwhile Team GB's Rebecca Tunney,15, finished 13th on her Olympic debut, with a score of 56.932.

Photo: © Getty

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