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Simone Biles becomes the most decorated gymnast in history with her 6th all-around title at worlds

Simone Biles wins her sixth individual all-around title at the world championships, becoming the most decorated gymnast in history.

Simone Biles, the American gymnastics superstar, has once again risen to the top of the world gymnastics stage after a two-year absence and less than three months back in competition. Biles secured her sixth individual all-around title at the world championships, solidifying her position as the most decorated gymnast in history.

Biles scored an impressive 58.399 points across the balance beam, floor, vault, and uneven bars, beating out Rebeca Andrade, the Brazilian defending champion, by 1.633 points. Her U.S. teammate, Shilese Jones, took home the bronze medal with 56.332 points.

This victory marks Biles' 27th world championship medal, 21 of which are gold. Just two days prior, Biles led the U.S. women's team to their seventh consecutive win in the team event, setting a new record.

With this win, Biles now holds a total of 34 medals across both the world championships and Olympics, making her the most decorated gymnast ever, surpassing even the retired Vitaly Scherbo.

While Biles had a near-flawless performance throughout the competition, she did encounter a small hiccup during her floor routine. As she was about to enter a sequence of leaps, she tripped near the end of her routine. However, she quickly recovered and the minor deduction in points did not cost her the gold.

Biles' return to competition has been nothing short of remarkable. After taking a two-year break following the pandemic-delayed Tokyo Olympics, where she struggled with a mental block known as "the twisties," Biles has come back stronger than ever. She prioritized her mental well-being and decided to withdraw from competition in Tokyo to focus on herself.

Since announcing her return, Biles has impressed at the U.S. Classic and secured her eighth national title. This world championship marks her first major competition since 2019.

During the athlete presentation, Biles received the loudest round of applause, with Andrade also receiving a warm welcome from the crowd.

Biles, Jones, and Andrade competed in the same rotation, starting with vault. Jones had a solid start, earning 14.233 points for her double-twisting Yurchenko. Biles, in her blue leotard, executed a nearly flawless Cheng vault, earning her 15.100 points. Andrade also attempted a Cheng but fell short of Biles' execution, settling for 14.700 points.

Even on her weakest apparatus, the uneven bars, Biles managed to score 14.333 points, putting her ahead of Andrade. Andrade delivered an excellent bar routine, narrowing the gap between her and Biles to just 0.233 points before moving on to the balance beam.

Biles had a slightly shaky start on the balance beam but quickly regained her composure and delivered an excellent routine. Jones also impressed, moving into second place overall and receiving a warm hug from Biles after her performance.

Andrade unfortunately bounced out of bounds just before finishing her floor routine, resulting in a deduction of three tenths of a point. Despite this mistake, she held onto her silver medal.

Biles' competition will continue with the women's vault and uneven bars finals on Saturday, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise finals on Sunday.

With the Olympics Games in Paris less than a year away, Biles has proven that she is back at her very best. Despite fierce competition from Andrade and Jones, she remains a cut above the rest, solidifying her reign as the queen of gymnastics for over a decade.

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