Biles vaults into record books after 25th medal at world championships

Simone Biles has become the most decorated gymnast in the world championship history after clinching her 25th medal.
The 22-year-old overtook the 23 medals won by Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo by winning the balance beam in Stuttgart, Germany, on Sunday.

The US gymnast added her 25th medal by winning the floor exercise less than two hours later.
Biles delivered a polished routine on the beam before executing a full-twisting double-tuck dismount for a score of 15.066.
When her score was announced, guaranteeing the medal record, Biles jumped up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air.

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Image: Simone Biles won the balance beam final to clinch her 24th medal in the competition
Liu Tingting of China, last year’s winner, took silver with 14.433, and her teammate Li Shijia won the bronze.

Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass, and blew kisses to the audience after finishing her routine.

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Her US teammate Sunisa Lee took silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia.
Biles’ winning routine came after a long wait when Brazilian gymnast Flavia Saraiva requested an inquiry into her score.
The US gymnast has won five events at these world championships after winning team gold on Tuesday, individual all-around gold on Thursday, and vault gold on Saturday.

Image: Biles with her gold medal after the winning the balance beam final
A fifth place on uneven bars on Saturday ended Biles’ chances of winning a medal in all six events, which she did last year in her comeback world championships after a sabbatical in 2017.
Four-time Olympic champion Biles now holds 18 gold medals across four championships against 12 for Scherbo, who competed in five world events between 1991 and 1996.
Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she will continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this could be her last world championships.
Max Whitlock won Britain’s first gold medal of the championships on the pommel horse on Saturday.
Britain won its second gold of the championships when Joe Fraser scored 15 points to win on parallel bars.
Biles’ record came before Kenyan runner Brigid Kosgei set the women’s marathon record with a time of two hours and 14 minutes.
She beat British runner Paula Radcliffe’s record of two hours and 15 minutes.

Source : Sky News