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2 Kansas City gymnasts make national team after record-setting championships

Posted: 11:22 AM, Aug 12, 2019
Updated: 2019-08-12 23:48:34-04
U.S. Gymnastics Championships 2019 - Day 4

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Two Kansas City gymnasts made the U.S. national team after impressive performances over the weekend at the U.S. Gymnastics Championships.

Leanne Wong, 15, of Overland Park, and Kara Eaker, 16, of Grain Valley, were among the 11 gymnasts named to the Senior Women’s National Team, posting all-around scores of 111.250 and 108.100, respectively.

A third local gymnast, 16-year-old Aleah Finnegan of Lee's Summit, also competed, earning an all-around score of 107.600.

The three gymnasts train six days a week at the GAGE Center in Blue Springs, Missouri.

Olympic gold medalist Simone Biles once again dominated the competition, claiming her sixth national all-around title and becoming the first woman to land a triple-double in competition during her floor routine.

Biles, 22, finished with an all-around score of 118.500.

The competition, which took place at the Sprint Center, also set records for attendance, according to USA Gymnastics.

More than 12,000 people cheered on the gymnasts on Sunday, and a total of 33,894 spectators attended the four-day event.

Kathy Nelson, president and CEO of the Kansas City Sports Commission, said she believes the event proves that Kansas City can host major sporting events.