Black gymnasts make history at championships in Florida
By Stacy M. Brown | NNPA Newswire Senior National Correspondent
(NNPA) – Black girl magic reigned at the 2022 U.S. Gymnastics Championships in Florida as Jordan Chiles, Shilese Jones and Konnor McClain claimed the top three spots in the senior all-around.
The trio made history as the first three black gymnasts to win the podium.
“It’s so unreal,” McClain said in an interview with NBC Sports. “I’m still a bit in shock.”
This summer, the gymnast returned to competition after two stress fractures, a concussion, the flu and the death of her father in December.
McClain, who lives in Las Vegas, won the senior women’s all-around title.
Her combined eight spins of 112.750 beat all competition for the biggest prize of the night, and she added gold on balance beam (28.900) along the way, USA Gymnastics reported.
Jones of Auburn, Wash., was second with a 112.000, while Chiles of Spring, Texas was third (111.900).
“It’s the legacy of Gabby Douglas, Simone Biles, Dominique Dawes and so many other trailblazers who trained and stood alone,” said Dr Cathryn Stout. tweeted.
According to EssenceDouglas became the first African-American gymnast to win individual and team all-around gold at the same Olympics in 2012.
She retired in 2016.
Biles has won 25 world championship titles and seven all-around titles and is tied with Shannon Miller for the most Olympic medals won by an American.
The next time fans can see McClain, Jones and Chiles face off will be at the 2022 World Gymnastics Championships, which begin Oct. 29 in Liverpool, England.