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Simone Biles Wins Fourth World All-Around Title In Doha
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You’ve got to hand it to her. Simone Biles had two falls and still won a record fourth world all-around title at the 2018 World Championships in Doha, Qatar (57.491). Her margin of victory was 1.693, the largest since Biles beat teammate Gabby Douglas by 1.083 at the 2015 Worlds in Glasgow, Scotland. She won both the world titles in 2013 and 2014 by less than a tenth.

Russian Svetlana Khorkina won three all-around world titles: 1997, 2001 and 2003.

Biles sat down her new vault, roundoff half-on, double-twisting layout front, which will bear her name. She also dropped off the balance beam on her barani. But give her credit for fighting back to win the gold.

“I’m still pretty disappointed (with) myself because I know what I can do out there,” she said. “It doesn’t show who I am, and that’s kind of disappointing. But we have finals so hopefully I’ll redeem myself.” Biles insists on doing the same vault tomorrow in event finals.

Biles had the highest score on floor exercise (15.000), and second-highest on uneven bars (14.725). Belgian Nina Derwael had the top score on bars (15.100).

2017 world floor champion Mai Murakami had a steady meet to claim the silver (55.798), .066 ahead of 2017 all-around champ Morgan Hurd, who clinched the bronze (55.732). Murakami was crying after her floor routine, one would assume in delight. She had the second-highest score on floor behind Biles (14.000).

Said Hurd: "I feel pretty good. I’m not super happy with my beam performance, but I did the best I could do for today. I feel I started really strong with one of my best doubles (Yurchenko), and I had a really solid bar routine. Beam, I had a wobble on my (tucked standing) full, and I touched the beam on (my) side aerial. A little disappointing, but I felt like I really left it all out there on floor with one of my best floor routines I’ve ever done.

Derwael placed fourth (55.699), despite performing a Yurchenko-full and being relatively weak on floor (4.9 D-score). But she hit a solid beam set (13.733). Derwael’s bars routine opened with a toe-on layout Tkatchev (Nabieva).

Angelina Melnikova had a steady meet to place fifth (55.598). She had the fourth highest score on bars (14.433) and sixth-best on beam (13.466) and floor (13.633).

From fifth to 10th in order were Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (55.599); Chen Yile (54.632); Flavia Saraiva (54.366); Luo Huan (54.332); and Asuka Teramoto (54.299).

Read complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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