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Angelina Melnikova ends U.S. win streak with all-around gold at gymnastics worlds

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Angelina Melnikova of Russia is a world champion after winning the individual all-around final on Thursday with a score of 56.632 points.

After leading the Russian Gymnastics Federation to Olympic team gold in Tokyo, Melnikova put on a show at the World Championships in Japan while fending off Leanne Wong (56.340) and Kayla DiCello (54.566). The American gymnasts took home silver and bronze, respectively.

The win ends the U.S.’s decade-long winning streak in the event.

The 21-year-old Melnikova had won four bronze and silver medals in past world championships but had yet to claim gold until Thursday, when she sealed the win on uneven bars with a competition-high 14.533. She’s just the third woman from Russia to claim the world all-around title.

“I feel like I made history,” said Melnikova. “I’m so happy, because I did everything I wanted.”

DiCello looked like she could contend for gold early on, posting the highest score on vault at 14.600. But a fall on the uneven bars proved difficult to overcome as the American took home bronze.

The world championships are set to finish with individual event finals on Saturday and Sunday.