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USA's Biles: 'I'm Still Pretty Disappointed In Myself'
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Simone Biles (USA) was not on her game in the all-around final in Doha, Qatar. On her first event, sat down on her eponymous vault, a roundoff half-on to the table, double-twisting front layout. She also fell off balance beam. This time her barani was the culprit. Still, she won by 1.693, the biggest margin ever in her record four world all-around titles.

In so doing, Biles unwittingly exposed the many flaws of the open-ended Code of Points, which gives difficulty too much power. The guard rails are finally off for a sport that is spinning out of control, and the FIG is unable to find an effective remedy.

The first thing they might try is to rein in the difficulty so the gymnasts can enjoy extended careers. The FIG also should return to a modified 10.0 system so someone like Biles can’t win with two falls. Conceivably, she could have fallen a third time and still won!

Said Biles about her performance: “I’m still pretty disappointed in myself, because I know what I can do out there despite the all-around, winning gold. It doesn’t show who I am, and that’s just kind of disappointing.

“But we have finals, so hopefully I’ll redeem myself … I don’t know, I guess it’s good to be back on the podium, like even with the falls, but it just sucks, man!”

“It’s kind of crazy, I know. I kind of hoped that it didn’t turn out the way it did. I feel like the girls work so hard and they deserved it a little bit better than me, because it depends on how good you do that day, and today wasn’t my best.”

Complete coverage of the 2018 World Championships will be in the December issue of International Gymnast.

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