Simone Biles becomes first woman ever to land triple-double in competition
The multi-time world champion gymnast, Simone Biles, has just become the first woman to ever land triple-double in a competition, after performing a breathtaking triple-twisting, double back manoeuvre during her floor routine in front of stunned judges.
The 22-year-old four-time Olympic gold medallist managed to score 118.5, which makes her the first woman in almost 70 years to win a sixth all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships.
Check out the routine below:
The last person to achieve this noteworthy accolade was Clara Schroth Lomady, who won her sixth US all-around title way back in 1952.
And as if that wasn't impressive enough, this weekend Biles became the first gymnast in history to ever attempt and successfully land a double-twisting, double somersault dismount on the balance beam.
However, earlier in the competition she was sadly was unable to nail the landing when attempting a triple-double, and was left visibly frustrated. Commenting on the mishap in a later interview, per The Guardian, the gymnast stated: "I still get really frustrated because I know how good I am and how well I can do.
She added: "So, I just want to do the best routine for the audience and for myself out here. I’ve never fallen on one or anything, just to make a mistake like that, it kind of irritated me."
Take a look at Simone's new beam dismount while you're at it:
Commenting on her latest achievement, per BBC News, Biles stated that her floor routine: "Wasn't as good as in training. I'm just happy that I landed it because I feel like after night one my confidence got shot down. So I was really worried about it going into today, that's all I could worry about. So I was really happy."
Check out this other video of one of Simone's incredible beam dismounts:
Biles has now managed to win 20 of the all-around events which she has competed in. She currently looks set to rejoin the US gymnastics team for the 2020 Summer Olympics, which are set to be held in Tokyo, Japan.