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Sport Chasing Gold: History-making Day 6 capped by Suni Lee's gymnatics all-around gold

10:05  21 november  2021
10:05  21 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Suni Lee Was Pepper Sprayed in Recent Racist Attack: 'I Didn't Do Anything'

  Suni Lee Was Pepper Sprayed in Recent Racist Attack: 'I Didn't Do Anything' Suni Lee Was Pepper Sprayed in Recent Racist Attack: 'I Didn't Do Anything'Earlier this year, the 18-year-old made history at the Tokyo Olympics, becoming the first-ever Hmong American gymnast to compete for Team USA. While discussing how much things have changed for her since bringing home a gold medal, the athlete told PopSugar about an incident that occurred in Los Angeles earlier this month during a night out with friends, all of whom were of Asian descent.

Whoever is in charge of writing sports history books has some updating to do following a record-breaking Thursday in Tokyo.

a man wearing a blue screen: Suni Lee celebrates winning the gold medal in the individual all-around final. © Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports Suni Lee celebrates winning the gold medal in the individual all-around final.

Let's start with swimming. All three teams that medaled in the women's 4x200 freestyle relay – China (gold), United States (silver) and Australia (bronze) – broke the world record previously set by the Aussies at the 2019 World Championships. Katie Ledecky anchored the race for the Americans, entering the water a full two seconds behind Chinese swimmer Li Bingjie and trailing Australia's Leah Neale.

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  Suni Lee says she was pepper sprayed in racist attack: 'I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do' Gymnast and Olympic gold medalist Suni Lee has revealed in an interview that she and several friends were recently the target of an anti-Asian attack. In an interview with PopSugar published on Wednesday, the 18-year-old Lee described what happened to her and her friends (who are all women of Asian descent) just a week before the interview took place. While they were waiting for an Uber during a night out, a car pulled up to them and started yelling Asian slurs out the window. Lee said she got pepper sprayed on the arm as the car sped away. "I was so mad, but there was nothing I could do or control because they skirted off," Lee told PopSugar.

On the men's side of things, Caleb Dressel set a new Olympic record and won his first individual gold medal in Tokyo with a time of 47.02 in the 100-meter freestyle. His post-event interview was emotional one.

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Dressel's University of Florida teammate Bobby Finke also etched his name in the record books Thursday when he won the 800-meter freestyle with an electrifying final 50 meters. Finke became the first American men's swimmer to win a distance race at the Olympics since 1984 and set a personal best of 7:41.87.

In women's gymnastics, history was also made multiple times over in the all-around competition. Simone Biles pulled out of Thursday's competition due to ongoing mental health concerns, but Suni Lee kept the United States' streak of winning the all-around alive, becoming the fifth straight American to do so. The 18-year-old is the first Hmong American and first Asian woman to win the Olympic all-around.

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  Day 7 Olympics roundup: Protests against Russia, dangerous sports, Novak falls Russia's presence at the Olympics, as the "Russian Olympic Committee," has raised eyebrows and concerns throughout the Games. Swimmer Ryan Murphy, sitting right next to the Russian swimmer who's beaten him twice this week, said he believes doping is present in swimming. Asked for specifics, he said, “I’ve got about 15 thoughts. Thirteen of them would get me into a lot of trouble.” Russians have been clapping back hard against allegations they don't belong at these Games, effectively thumbing their noses at their critics and opponents.

Check out photos of Lee from the all-around here.


Video: Sunisa Lee wins gold in Olympic gymnastics all-around (CBS News)

Brazil's Rebeca Andrade also made history in the all-around. The silver medalist is the first woman to bring home a medal of any color in the event for her country.

Oh, and Team USA shooting has continued to dominate, though it was Slovakia that set a record on Day 6. The Americans earned their fifth total shooting medal of these Games with Kayle Browning taking the silver in the women's trap shooting competition, hitting 42 of 50 targets. Slovakia's Zuzana Rehak Stefecekova hit 43 targets — an Olympic record — in the final to win gold.

a person wearing a costume: American Kayle Browning competes in the Olympic women's trap competition en route to winning a silver medal in Tokyo. © Alex Brandon, AP American Kayle Browning competes in the Olympic women's trap competition en route to winning a silver medal in Tokyo.

What's coming up: The USWNT and Sweden play Friday in a rematch of the 2019 World Cup final. Rowing finals for the men's and women's eights are also taking place, and one American rower is upset about Russia winning silver.

Under an Unexpected Spotlight, Suni Lee Shines

  Under an Unexpected Spotlight, Suni Lee Shines With first place suddenly open, the 18-year-old gymnast made all of the right adjustments to win the gold medal in the individual all-around. View the original article to see embedded media.Sign up for our free daily Olympics newsletter: Very Olympic Today. You'll catch up on the top stories, smaller events, things you may have missed while you were sleeping and links to the best writing from SI’s reporters on the ground in Tokyo. TOKYO — Hours before doing what she had never imagined, Suni Lee decided to do something she had never tried.

Stay up to date: Check out our running medal count (the U.S. is in the lead), live blog and Friday's Olympic schedule to catch up on everything going on this week in Tokyo.

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This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Chasing Gold: History-making Day 6 capped by Suni Lee's gymnatics all-around gold

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