SIMONE BILES WINS 6TH ALL-AROUND
NTWERP, Belgium (FAST NEWS) — After a hiatus of two years, and within just three months of her return to competitive gymnastics, Simone Biles has reclaimed her position at the pinnacle of the sport.
The American sensation secured the individual all-around title at the world championships, marking her sixth victory in this category and establishing herself as the most accomplished gymnast in history.
A decade after clinching her first world championship title in the same Belgian city at 16, Simone Biles achieved a remarkable feat by amassing 58.399 points across the balance beam, floor, vault, and uneven bars.
This exceptional performance allowed her to win, outpacing the Brazilian defending champion, Rebeca Andrade, by a significant margin of 1.633 points.
Biles’ fellow U.S. teammate, Shilese Jones, claimed the bronze medal with 56.332 points.
Simone Biles secured her 27th world championship medal, with 21 of them being gold. This remarkable achievement occurred just two days following her leadership of the U.S. women’s team, propelling them to a historic seventh consecutive victory in the team event.
U.S. Women’s Team,
With 34 medals spanning the world championships and Olympics, Simone Biles has etched her name as the most decorated gymnast ever, surpassing both male and female counterparts in the sport’s two premier events. This accomplishment places her ahead of retired gymnast Vitaly Scherbo in the record books.
Biles’ near-perfect performance had a single hiccup towards the conclusion of her floor routine. Just as she concluded her nearly flawless display, she stumbled as she was about to execute a sequence of leaps.
However, she recovered with exceptional poise, and the minor slip did not result in a significant point deduction that would have cost her the gold.
With a grin, Biles shared,
“I know my parents must have had quite a scare,” as she spoke to her coach.
As the Olympic Games in Paris approach in less than a year, Simone Biles has returned to the peak of her abilities. Despite the formidable competition posed by Andrade and Jones, Biles continues to stand head and shoulders above her peers, demonstrating her dominance in the sport for an entire decade since she began her reign.
Biles has maintained her dominant presence since coming back after a two-year hiatus, which followed her participation in the Tokyo Olympics, which was delayed due to the pandemic. Her experience at the Tokyo Olympics was marred by a challenging mental block called “the twisties.”
Although she initially anticipated to defend her all-around title in Tokyo, she opted to withdraw from the competition to prioritize her mental health and well-being.
Upon announcing her comeback, Simone Biles left a strong impression with her performance at the U.S. Classic in early August, capturing her eighth national title just a few weeks later. She is currently participating in her first world championships since 2019.
During the athlete presentation, Biles received the most thunderous round of applause from the audience, and Rebeca Andrade’s name was also greeted with enthusiastic cheers.
Biles, Jones, and Andrade commenced their competition in the same rotation, beginning with the vault. Jones set a strong initial tone, executing a double-twisting Yurchenko with a minor hop that earned her 14.233 points.
Dressed in her blue leotard, Biles opted for a Cheng vault, choosing not to perform the more challenging Yurchenko Double Pike she introduced during the team qualifying round.
Her execution was nearly flawless, earning her 15.100 points. Andrade, the defending champion, also attempted a Cheng, but her execution could have been more precise than Biles’, resulting in a score of 14.700.
Even in her less favored event, the uneven bars, Biles scored 14.333, placing her in the lead over Andrade. Following a prolonged wait, Andrade delivered an outstanding bar routine, narrowing the gap between her and the American rival to just 0.233 points before they proceeded to the balance beam.
Biles appeared somewhat uncertain as she began her routine on the balance beam, but she regained her composure, delivering an exceptional performance for the remainder of her way.
Jones also performed impressively, securing her position in second place overall, and Biles warmly embraced her after her commendable effort.
Andrade’s floor routine took an unfortunate turn as she bounced out of bounds just moments before its conclusion, a misstep that tarnished an otherwise splendid performance. This mistake resulted in a deduction of three-tenths of a point, but it did not prevent her from securing the silver medal.
Simone Biles’ competition will extend into the weekend, with the women’s vault and uneven bars finals scheduled for Saturday, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise finals on Sunday.