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Simone Biles wins another World Championship medal: NPR



Simone Biles appears in the Women's Allround Final at the Turn World Cup in Stuttgart.

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Simone Biles jumps in the all-round women's final at the Turn World Cup in Stuttgart.

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Editor's note: Previously, we had falsely reported that Simone Biles had set a new record for most World Championship medals. She is only a medal from her record.

Since Thursday, Simone Biles is one of the biggest gymnasts ever to take part in the World Cup.

Biles won her fifth all-round world title with dominated the field at the Turn World Championships 2019 in Stuttgart. With the victory she holds now 22 world medals.

The 22-year-old hopes to surpass Belarussian Vitaly Scherbo, who won 23 World Championship medals in the 1990s. After Biles needs two medals for Sherbo at the start of the day, he only needs one to go with him. She will try to achieve this in the upcoming individual events that will last until Sunday.

Biles competed on Thursday in four disciplines against the 23 best gymnasts in the qualifying round. Her total score was 58,999 and brought her the all-round gold with a big lead of more than 2 points.

Xijing Tang from China took second place with 56.899. The Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova won the bronze with a total score of 56,399.

Last year, Biles won the all-round gold medal and scored the most points in the vault and floor events.

In this year's championship, Biles took first place in the vault part of the all-round competition with a score of 15,233. She was also the first on the balance beam, where she scored 14,633 points.

Born in Texas, she finished the All-Round competition in 2019 with a bang, taking first place in the ground segment with a score of 14,400 to secure her victory.

On Tuesday, Biles led the USA team for the fifth time in a row for the title of world champion.

Athletes and celebrities flocked to Twitter to praise Biles' achievements in 2019 for consideration and to successfully land in a major competition to have a train named after them. Two of these trains, the "Biles II" and the "Biles", were added during Biles services in 2019.

Despite their record performance at the championships, both Biles and USA gymnastics were disappointed with the scoring of the "Biles." The technical committee of FIG women said that the train had received a lower score, to deter the gymnasts from a potentially dangerous maneuver.

Paolo Zialcita is an intern at the NPR news desk.


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