Wed. Feb 26th, 2020

Simone Biles equals the medal record at the Vitali Scherbo Gymnastics World Championships

The American Simone Biles equaled the Belarusian Vitali Scherbo at the head of the classification of medalists in the history of the World Gymnastics, after achieving her twenty-third metal – 17 golds, 3 silvers and 3 bronzes – by winning the jump final in the city German from Stuttgart.

Biles, who already made history on Thursday by winning his fifth world title in the full contest, confirmed his status as a legend of this sport with 22 years. The American, who was fifth in the final of asymmetric parallels, will have the possibility of overcoming the Scherbo record -12 golds, 7 silver and 4 bronzes- in the bar and ground finals he will play on the closing day of the championships.

Biles dazzled again with an extraordinary performance in the jump final, especially in his second attempt, in which he achieved an execution score of 9,666, the highest of any gymnast in both male and female categories in these World Cups, over a maximum 10,000 possible. A performance that led Biles to an unattainable 15,399 points that helped him achieve his third gold in Stuttgart, after the triumphs achieved in the individual and team competition. The American Jade Carey also completed the podium, who, despite accessing the final with the best score of all participants, had to settle for silver with a score of 14,883 after failing to receive her second jump, and British Elissa Downie, bronze with a score of 14,816.

Biles could not repeat victory in the final of asymmetric parallels, possibly the weakest apparatus of the American, and had to settle for fifth place. He reached the final with the seventh best grade and could not exceed the 14,733 points he achieved in the qualifying round.

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