A new American star has emerged at the London Games as Gabby Douglas won the women's all-around gymnastics title on Thursday.
Douglas is now both the first African-American and third-straight American to win all-around gymnastics gold. It's her second gold medal of the London Olympics after she helped the U.S. win its first gold in team competition since 1996.
"I wanted to seize the moment," said Douglas. "It hasn't sunk in yet. Team finals hasn't sunk in yet. But it will."
The 16-year-old from Virgina Beach culminated her win with a floor routine that prompted loud cheers and chants from the crowd, posting a total score of 62.232.
Viktoria Komova of Russia, who was runner-up at last year's world championships, finished about three-tenths behind Douglas, with a score of 61.973.
Aliya Mustafina of Russia and Aly Raisman, captain of the U.S. team, finished with identical scores of 59.566, but the former received the bronze after a tiebreak that dropped the lowest scores for both gymnasts and added their remaining three.
Douglas may not be done winning medals. She will compete in the finals of the uneven bars on Aug. 6 and the balance beam on Aug. 7.