Simone Biles the record-breaking US gymnast secures her 21st world title.

The United States gymnast has now achieved a historic milestone as the most decorated gymnast in the world, with an impressive total of 34 medals earned across world championships and Olympics.

Simone Biles showcased her skills on the balance beam during the women’s all-around final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium on October 6, 2023. [Geert Vanden Wijngaert/AP Photo]

Gymnastics sensation Simone Biles, in her remarkable comeback from a two-year hiatus, clinched her 21st world title by capturing the all-around gold at the world gymnastics championships held in Antwerp, Belgium.

The American gymnast delivered a commanding performance on Friday, amassing a score of 58.399 points, securing the championship ahead of the reigning champion, Rebeca Andrade of Brazil, who scored 56.766 points. Simone’s fellow US teammate, Shilese Jones, claimed the bronze medal with a score of 56.332 points.

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Biles achieved the highest scores on three out of the four apparatuses, with the uneven bars being the exception.

A decade after winning her first all-around world title as a 16-year-old in Antwerp, Biles has now amassed an impressive total of 27 world medals, including 21 golds. Additionally, she guided the US women’s team to their seventh consecutive team title on Wednesday.

In a remarkable feat, Biles has now accumulated a total of 34 medals across the world championships and Olympics, cementing her status as the most decorated gymnast ever, regardless of gender, at the sport’s two most prestigious events. This achievement also surpasses Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s previous record of 33 medals at the Olympics and world championships.

In a lighthearted moment, Biles shared with reporters, “Actually, I had something in my eye today that I couldn’t get out, I swear it’s true.

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But reflecting on her return to Antwerp, Belgium, where she kickstarted her world medal journey in 2013 with four medals, including two golds, Biles expressed her emotions, saying, ‘But I was emotional because 10 years ago I won my first worlds and now we’re back here.’

She continued, ‘It means everything to me, after everything I’ve put in to get back to this place to feel comfortable and confident enough to compete.’

As there are still two more days of competition ahead, it appears highly likely that Biles will continue to expand her remarkable medal collection, with four apparatus finals still on the horizon.

Biles has indeed made a breathtaking return to the sport following the Tokyo Olympics. Entering Japan as the overwhelming favorite, thanks to her four gold medals from five years earlier in Rio de Janeiro, she faced a challenging moment when she withdrew from four of the five finals due to what gymnasts call ‘twisties’—a temporary mental block causing them to lose their sense of orientation in the air.

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Having returned to the pinnacle of her sport, the Texan athlete is now preparing for the upcoming Paris Olympics, having wisely utilized her break to prioritize her mental well-being.

Biles shared, ‘I was actually less nervous today. I was so much more nervous for the team finals just because that’s when everything unfolded [in Tokyo], so I was a bit traumatized from that. Today, I felt a little bit more relaxed. I’m relieved that it’s behind me.’

Biles’s competitive journey continues this weekend, featuring the women’s vault and uneven bars finals on Saturday, followed by the balance beam and floor exercise finals on Sunday.

Reference:

https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2023/10/7/record-breaker-us-gymnast-simone-biles-claims-21st-world-title

https://jp.reuters.com/article/gymnastics-world-idCAKBN3161R3

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