Exception gymnast Simone Biles has again led her US team to world title. With the four-time Olympic champion, the Americans at the World Championships in Stuttgart in the sold-out Hanns-Martin Schleyer Hall to 172.330 points.
Thus, the defending champion won well ahead of Russia (166,529) and the surprise third Italy (164,796). The Italian women, who only managed to reach the finals in eighth place in front of the German women, moved to fourth place in China (164,230) and celebrated their first World Cup medal for 69 years.
For Biles it was already the 15th World Cup gold medal. With a total of 21 World Championship medals, the 22-year-old is now the sole record holder. Previously, she was on par with Russian gymnast Swetlana Chorkina, who had won 20 World Cup medals. Biles has been the record world champion since her 13th title last year. "I do not really think about records, I just go out there and do what I came for, to compete for the country," Biles said.
All this is all the more remarkable considering how Biles and hundreds of other US gymnasts were abandoned for years by their own association. (Read: Betrayed in America)
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The US team started the jump and sat down directly from the competition. Thereafter, the projection grew from rotation to rotation. On the beam Biles was still on safety and did not turn the named after her double Alto outlet with two screws, but only those with a longitudinal axis rotation. On the ground, the all-around Olympic gold medalist then delivered the highlight of the finale with a spectacular practice including the Triple-Double she created for which she received the top score of 15,333 points.