Biles, who was competing after a two-year hiatus to focus on her mental health, made history on Friday when she won the individual all-around title to break the record for most world championship medals won. Jake Jarman gave Britain its first medal by taking gold on vault
17:22 UK time, Sunday 08 October 2023
Simone Biles claimed two more gold medals at the world championships on Sunday to cement her place as the most decorated gymnast in history.
The American star won the women’s balance beam and floor finals in dominant fashion on the final day of competition in Antwerp.
Biles, who was competing after a two-year hiatus to focus on her mental health, made history on Friday when she won the individual all-around title to break the record for most medals won at a world championship.
She has now extended that record to 30 medals with Sunday’s performances taking her gold medal tally to 23 plus a silver on vault.
Biles started the afternoon off with a great performance. She did not hesitate in her jumps and delivered controlled turns before descending elegantly, with only a small jump upon landing.
She received 14,800 points to win, ahead of Chinese Zhou Yaqin by only 0.1 points. Brazilian Rebecca Andrade won the bronze medal.
Biles later took to the mat for her final appearance during a busy week in the final. She scored top marks in the qualifiers and once again impressed with a series of stunning passes.
Even though she went out of bounds midway through her very difficult routine, Biles earned her best score of the day, 14,633 points. This was Biles’ sixth World Floor Championship, a tournament in which she was undefeated.
Andrade, another star in the sport, won the silver medal ahead of her Brazilian teammate Flavia Saraiva.
Antwerp was the city where Biles began her collection of 23 world titles ten years ago as a 16-year-old, and she has now won a record 37 medals at the world championships and Olympics combined.
Briton Jarman gets gold in vault
In the men’s competition, Jake Jarman gave Britain its first medal by taking gold on vault with a total of 15.050 points.
Jarman started with an almost flawless jump and was thrilled after Dragulescu scored with his second attempt, giving his coach a big hug and raising his arms in triumph.
His total allowed him to leapfrog American Khoy Young by 0.201.
Young’s pair of lockers earned him a second place finish and a third medal this week as he took bronze in the team event and silver on the pommel horse. Ukrainian Nazar Cheburny took third place.
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