Thu. Jul 25th, 2024
Simone Biles

Simone Biles secured the silver medal in the vault competition at the world gymnastics championships, showcasing her exceptional skill despite a fall during her routine. This incident underscored the remarkable difficulty that sets her apart from her competitors.

Biles, who was the top qualifier and a significant favorite, encountered an over-rotation issue while attempting her Yurchenko double pike, a move that has since been named the ‘Biles’ in her honor as she is the first and only woman to successfully execute it on an international stage. She fell backward onto the mat, but it was a safe landing.

However, she executed her second vault, a twisting Cheng, with precision, albeit with a small hop to the side. Her average score for the two vaults in Antwerp, Belgium, was 14.549 points.

Subsequently, Brazilian gymnast Rebeca Andrade surpassed Biles with an average score of 14.75 for her two flawless vaults. Despite having a difficulty level seven-tenths lower than Biles, Andrade outperformed the American in execution. Yeo Seo-Jeong of South Korea secured the bronze medal with an average score of 14.416, even though her vaults were eight-tenths less challenging than Biles’.

Simone Biles

Biles’ ability to attempt the most difficult vaults in the nine-woman final earned her a medal despite the fall.

Her score was deducted by half a point on the Yurchenko double pike due to her coach being on the mat for safety, a deduction that ultimately determined her silver medal win on Saturday.

Biles now boasts a total of 35 medals from combined Olympic and world championships, including 28 world medals. Her six career world vault medals, earned in all six of her world championship appearances, rank her second behind Oksana Chusovitina’s nine.

In the same final, the other American competitor, Leanne Wong, finished in seventh place. Joscelyn Roberson, another American who had initially qualified for the final in sixth place, withdrew on Saturday morning due to an ankle injury sustained during warm-up for the Wednesday team final.

Later on Saturday, Biles was scheduled to compete in the uneven bars final, the only apparatus where she was not considered a medal favorite. She had qualified in fifth place for that final, with a silver medal in 2018 being her only career medal in the bars event.

Earlier in the day, Israel’s Artem Dolgopyat claimed victory in the men’s floor exercise, adding to his Olympic title from Tokyo. American Fred Richard, who had already secured team and all-around bronze medals, finished eighth in the eight-man final.

The world championships are set to conclude on Sunday with five more apparatus finals. Biles is the favorite to win both the women’s balance beam and floor exercise events. The finals will be streamed live on Peacock at 8 a.m. ET.”

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