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America’s Greatest Rhythmic Gymnast, Laura Zeng Wins Third Straight National Title

By Karen Price | July 02, 2017, 3:23 p.m. (ET)

Laura Zeng performs her ribbon routine at the 2017 USA Gymnastics Championships on July 1, 2017 in Milwaukee.


Laura Zeng, 17, captured her third consecutive U.S. rhythmic gymnastics all-around title at the USA Gymnastics Championships Saturday in Milwaukee.

The native of Libertyville, Illinois, entered the final night of competition with the lead over Evita Griskenas and Camilla Feeley and finished with a score of 138.352.

In her final exercise of the evening, Zeng used high and precise ribbon tosses to secure the win as the top three finishers remained the same at the end of the competition.

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Zeng also won the title in the individual clubs final Friday night with a score of 18.084, topping second-place finisher Lili Mizuno, who had a score of 16.584.

In the ribbon final, it was Griskenas who came out on top with a score of 17.700 to win over Zeng, who scored 15.634.

On Thursday, Feeley won the ball final with a 17.534, followed by Griskenas’ 17.400. Also that night, Griskenas won hoop, scoring 17.700, just higher than Zeng’s 17.667.

Zeng, the most accomplished rhythmic gymnast in U.S. history  was honored as the athlete of the year in rhythmic gymnastics. She finished 11th overall in Rio last summer, tying for the best Olympic finish by an American rhythmic gymnast.

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