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Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Team Final – Record-setting gymnast Biles leads USA to defend title – Sports

Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Team Final – Record-setting gymnast Biles leads USA to defend title – Sports

  • The United States won the gold medal in the women's team competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp.
  • The team, which includes star Simone Biles, beat Brazil and France.
  • For Biles, this is already her twentieth world championship title. She also set a medal record.

And in the finale in Antwerp, all eyes were once again on Simone Biles. The American, who missed the last two world championships and the Summer Olympics in Tokyo due to mental problems, was the last gymnast in the team finals. While working out on the floor, the star showcased her outstanding skills for the final time that evening. With 15.166 points, she made it perfect for her team to win the gold medal. With a total of 167,729 points, second-placed Brazilian United States dropped to second place by 2,199 points, and the bronze went to France.

The most successful gymnast in history

The Americans, who included Shellis Jones, Lien Wong and Sky Blakely alongside Biles, celebrated their seventh title in a row. They have won World Cup Gold every time since 2011. For Biles this was his 20th World Cup medal. The 26-year-old also set a record. With now 33 medals at the World Championships and Olympic Games, she is the most successful gymnast in history. She has so far been linked to Larisa Latynina from the former Soviet Union.

On her way to the gold medal, Biles was able to dispense with the new “Biles 2”, which had already been demonstrated in qualifying, at the start of the jump. This means that the initial value of this jump decreased by 0.8 points, but the three-time World Athlete of the Year still achieved the highest score on this device with 14,800 points.

Brazil and France cause tension

Because of this precaution, China was still narrowly ahead after the first round, but the Americans hit back in the second round at the almost sold-out Sportpalis in Antwerp. Even on the less popular uneven bars, Biles scored an important 14.466 for the United States.

At the break, the defending champion took the lead, but on the balance beam the competition could have turned around. Wong had to leave Zitterbalken early, resulting in a notable loss in points. The Brazilians and French stuck to it before the final and decisive confrontation came on the ground, and Biles explained everything.