Tiny Gabby Douglas, nicknamed the Flying Squirrel, claimed gold for Team USA in the women’s individual all-around gymnastics after a stunning final floor routine, leaving Russia’s Viktoria Komova to pick up the silver.
Douglas, age 16, also made history as she became the first African-America to win the women’s all-around title.
It was heartbreak for Douglas’ countrywoman Aly Raisman, though, as she tied for third with Aliya Mustafina of Russia but lost out on the bronze medal because of technical deductions.
World champion Jordyn Wieber was excluded from the women’s individual all-around final because she finished fourth but third among Americans, in a qualifying system that allows only two people per nation.
CNN wire contributed to this report.