Simone Biles, US gymnast, enters record books

Simone Biles, US gymnast, enters record books

Friday, October 30, 2015 8:18 am

Simone Biles: record three championships

Simone Biles: record three championships

American Simone Biles won a record third straight world all-around title at the gymnastics world championships in Glasgow, Scotland on Thursday.

Biles became the first woman in history to win three straight world all-around titles.

“I don’t have words to describe it,” said a jubilant Biles. “I just keep blowing my own mind but it was really strange for me, especially on floor.

“On beam, I think I gave the whole world a heart attack, as well as myself out there. Then floor, I had never gone out of bounds, but I guess there is a first for everything.”

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Her compatriot Gabrielle Douglas, the reigning Olympic gold medalist, took silver and Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania won bronze.

Douglas said, “I really wanted to prove everyone that my comeback was real. It wasn’t fake. It wasn’t for the fame.”

Biles scored 60.388 points to edge out Douglas, who took two years off following her London Olympic success, by 1.083 points.

Shang Chunsong, who helped China to win the silver medal in the team final on Tuesday, finished fourth. Her teammate Wang Yan was 11th.

Shang, who was the first to finish her routine and scored 58.265 points, was leapfrogged by Iordache, Douglas and Biles one after another.

Biles will also compete in vault, balance beam and floor exercise at the world championships while Douglas will take part in the uneven bars final on Saturday.

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