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Sport Biles sets record as US wins world gymnastics team gold

21:20  09 october  2019
21:20  09 october  2019 Source:   msn.com

Simone Biles Becomes World Championships’ Most Decorated Gymnast

  Simone Biles Becomes World Championships’ Most Decorated Gymnast Simone Biles on Sunday became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history, winning gold medals in the balance beam and the floor exercise to increase her career medal total in the championships to 25. The record medal count — one more than the previous high, held for more than two decades by Vitaly Scherbo of Belarus — strengthened the case of those who already consider Biles, at 22, to be the greatest gymnast of all time. “I can’tSimone Biles on Sunday became the most decorated gymnast in world championship history, winning gold medals in the balance beam and the floor exercise to increase her career medal total in the championships to 25.

 Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships on Tuesday as the United States retained its women's team all-around title.

It was Biles' 15th career gold and broke a tie with Russian gymnast Svetlana Khorkina for the most medals overall by a woman at the world championships. She's now two short of Vitaly Scherbo's all-time record of 23 among men or women.

Simone Biles of the U.S. performs on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Simone Biles of the U.S. performs on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) "Every year it feels better and better just because we're adding to the legacy," Biles said. "I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country."

The U.S. team scored 172.330 points to beat second-place Russia by 5.801 points and win its seventh consecutive team title at an Olympics or world championships.

Team U.S.A. listens to the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Left is team Russia who won the silver medal, right is team Italy who won the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Team U.S.A. listens to the national anthem after winning the gold medal in the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. Left is team Russia who won the silver medal, right is team Italy who won the bronze medal. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

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The reward for winning was a battery-powered medal that lights up when it senses movement. Biles called it "the sickest medal we've ever had."

Team U.S.A. greets spectators during the official presentation ahead of the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Team U.S.A. greets spectators during the official presentation ahead of the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam and floor.

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"I think if I do the routine that I did tonight I'll be more than happy" in Thursday's individual all-around final, she said.

Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates on the floor during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) A fall for Sunisa Lee on balance beam in her world championship debut and a fumbled routine from Grace McCallum on the uneven bars left the U.S. with room for improvement, though both were strong on other apparatus.

"It's just so surreal to come out here and end up on top with the strength of the team that we have, even after having a couple falls out there," Biles said.

Russia became the first team to get within six points of the U.S. since China at the 2015 world championships, something which pleased Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova.

"We're happy that we got second because we can't battle the Americans just yet, but today the gap was significantly lower than at the last few world championships," Melnikova said.

Team U.S.A. with Simone Biles, second right, celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Team U.S.A. with Simone Biles, second right, celebrates winning the gold medal in the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Biles said other teams were "most definitely" closing in on the U.S.

"All of the teams have improved their difficulty over the last quad, and I think that's really exciting to see the strength that they have."

Angelina Melnikova of Russia performs on the uneven bars during the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Angelina Melnikova of Russia performs on the uneven bars during the women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) Italy ended its 69-year wait for a women's team medal with bronze, as China failed to make the podium for the first time since the 2003 world championships.

China was fourth after a tough day for Liu Tingting, who fell twice on the uneven bars and again on the balance beam.

A fall on the beam mount by Italy's last gymnast, Elisa Iorio, made for a tense finish but she recovered to score enough to stay ahead of China by 0.536 points.

Desiree Carofiglio of Italy, right, and her team mates celebrate during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © Provided by The Associated Press Desiree Carofiglio of Italy, right, and her team mates celebrate during women's team final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) It was a big recovery for Italy, which qualified in last place for the final.

"The goal for today was just to do better than qualification and how it goes, it goes," Italian gymnast Giorgia Villa said through a translator.

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