Simone Biles Is First Woman To Win 5 US All-Around Titles
After her stellar show at the 2016 Rio Olympics, gymnast Simone Biles won a record-breaking fifth US all-around title at this weekend’s US Gymnastics Championships. Wow moves apart, she also stood up for sexual abuse survivors this week, which had garnered much attention of late.
Winning the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio, on July 28 was just a warm-up session for Biles. The 21-year-old delivered a memorable performance. Before this, she had taken a 23-month break. Her two-day total score was 119.850, which is 6.55 more than runner-up Morgan Hurd’s 113.300. Hurd had won the all-around title at the 2017 world championships.
During the event, Biles bagged gold in all four events: floor exercise, balance beam, vault and uneven bars, Yahoo reports.
With this feat, the US gymnast became the first woman to win all five golds since Dominique Dawes in 1994, according to Team USA
“It feels really special, especially coming back after such a long break,” Biles told NBC’s Andrea Joyce, adding that “there’s still more to work on”.
Having won five Olympic medals, four of them gold, Simone Biles was off the podium since 2016. Nevertheless, after the two-year layoff, she made a fab return by winning the all-around crown at the tournament. She will also take part in the World Championships, scheduled to be held in October.
The 21-year-old — with her extraordinary gymnastic moves — made a record at the Rio Olympics. Arguably one of the best performers in the history of the sport, the American defeated Russia and China in the team all-around by a wide margin and won the women’s individual all-around by a solid two points. With a couple of complicated tricks and nearly flawless execution, Biles also has a move named after her. The American is also the three-time world champ.
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