Simone Biles dominates vault competition to claim record-tying 23rd world title
Simone Biles’ extraordinary run at world championships continued yesterday at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, as the American athlete posted an astonishing score of 15.399 to claim gold in the vault. This win took her total career medal tally to 23, equalling the total held by the legendary Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo for any gymnast, male or female.
Biles successfully landed her two vaults, a Cheng and an Amanar, to claim the top prize above her compatriot Jade Carey, who took the silver on 14.883, and British gymnast Ellie Downie, who finished on 14.816.
Check out Biles' stunning vault performance below:
Despite equalling the astonishing record at the age of just 22, Biles couldn’t quite do enough to take the lead outright, missing out on a medal in the uneven bars later in the day. However, she will get another chance to win medal number 24 and possibly 25 in both the balance beam and floor competitions later today.
Per the Yahoo News, Biles spoke to reporters following her success in the vault, saying:
"I think it's impressive. Also, I don't really think of it going into the competition, because I feel that kind of weighs heavy on me. I just go in, do what I'm supposed to, and whatever the outcome is, I just kind of let it happen."
Biles also tweeted out to her 1.1 million Twitter followers, saying: "Feeling GOLDEN this morning. 5X WORLD ALL AROUND CHAMPION. Everytime feels just like the first. [sic]"
Discussing her failure to win a medal in the bar event, Biles was unfazed. As she told reporters:
“Right now, I couldn't be more happy with the performances I put out today. Obviously no medal on bars, but I'm not even mad about it. I knew going into today there was a very slim chance that I would even medal, but to make a bar final and get to represent the country, I feel really proud because this is not one of my strong suits. But it's getting up there and I just feel really proud.”
Earlier this year Simone Biles wowed crowds by becoming the first person to land this perfect triple:
To put Biles’ astonishing achievement in context, 17 of her 23 medals have been gold, versus 11 for Scherbo. Although she has competed at five separate world championships already, her young age means that there could be much more to come. Just how many medals Biles might win remains to be seen. For now, however, the bar has definitely been raised.