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Biles Breaks Medals Record for Female Gymnasts

USA wins world gymnastics team gold
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 9, 2019 12:20 AM CDT
Team USA 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)
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(Newser) – Simone Biles won a record 21st medal at the world gymnastics championships in Stuttgart, Germany, 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, the AP reports. She's now two short of Vitaly Scherbo's all-time record of 23 among men or women. "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 US 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.

Biles posted the best individual scores on the vault, balance beam, and floor. 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 US 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 US since China at the 2015 world championships. NBC reports that the US team has now won seven straight world or Olympic titles over nine years, the longest such streak for a women's gymnastic program since the Soviet Union team in the '50s, '60s, and '70s.

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