Majestic Biles sets record of 24 world gymnastics medals

U.S. gymnastics queen Simone Biles equalled the all-time record of 23 world championship medals yesterday but insisted she had little time to reflect on her astonishing feat with two more finals still to come.

American Simone Biles bounced her way to another medal, this one a gold in the vault at the 2019 artistic gymnastics world championships.

Biles earned gold on vault - her favorite - Saturday morning to bring her medal count to 23.

Biles successfully defended her vault title on Saturday by sticking the landing on her two vaults, a Cheng and an Amanar, for a score of 15.399.

Fellow American Jade Carey, 19, who edged Biles in qualifying on the vault by.001 of a point, took the silver medal.

The world vault title is Biles' second (2018). She had to settle for bronze in the event at the 2016 Olympics and last year's world championships in Doha.

Later Saturday, Biles will have a chance to eclipse Scherbo's long-standing mark when she contests the uneven bars.

The 22-year-old has two chances to break the record Sunday with balance beam and floor events. I feel like it's just, like, not me.

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"This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out", she said after finishing her fifth world championships with five titles in six events.

A year after becoming the Philippines' first gymnast to win a medal, Carlos Yulo took victory in the men's floor exercise.

Biles scored 15.066 on the beam after a near-flawless routine, opting for a simpler dismount than the double-double she performed earlier in the championships. "I feel like I never think of records. I had a few little mistakes, but I'm just going to work harder for next time", Olsen said. "It definitely didn't go as well as the training previous year, but going into the gym we'll focus a lot more on that vault", she said.

Making her final appearance of the week in front of a raucous crowd, Biles wasted no time as she landed a superb triple-twisting double back flip - known as the Biles II - on her first pass.

Biles has said she is 99 percent sure these will be her final worlds.

Earlier, Filipino teen Carlos Edriel Yulo, 19, won the men's floor title, bettering the bronze he won a year ago, by 0.1 points ahead of Israel's Artem Dolgopyat.

Ibrahim Colak of Turkey scooped his first major title with gold on the men's rings as Olympic champion Eleftherios Petrounias finished fourth. China's Xiao Ruoteng collected bronze.

Biles scored a whopping 15.066 points on the afternoon's most technically demanding routine to win gold.

  • Lawrence Cooper