Simone Biles (USA) claims record 4th World all-around title, close battle for silver and bronze

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Simone Biles (USA) claims record 4th World all-around title, close battle for silver and bronze

November 1, 2018

Competition report of the women’s all-around final at #DohaGym2018

What was expected to be a final in which 3-time all-around World Champion and reigning Olympic Champion Simone Biles would dominate from start to finish, started off very differently as Biles sat down her new namesake vault. The incredible difficulty of the vault, however, caused her not to lose too much ground and after a strong bars set, she moved to the top of the leader board. With a fall on her barani and other problems on beam, Biles didn’t have a massive lead going into the final rotation, in fact she led by less than a tenth of a point. Her extremely difficult floor routine which scored 15.000 widened the gap with her rivals. The gold medal in her pocket, Biles becomes the first woman to win four all-around world titles!

Even with Simone’s falls, the battle really was for silver and bronze. Defending World Champion Morgan Hurd put in a solid effort until she struggled on beam, saving one element and grabbing the beam once as well. These errors allowed Japan’s Mai Murakami to overtake the 17-year-old American, to the delight of the Japanese fans that liven up the arena. The biggest cheers today however came from the Belgian fans .. friends and family members of Nina Derwael and Axelle Klinckaert joined forces to support their favourite gymnasts. Fourth in qualification, Derwael delivered a consistent performance across all four events, highlighted by an impressive 15.100 on bars, the highest score of this final. She overtook Russia’s Angelina Melnikova by just 0.001. France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos trailed by one tenth. In fact only 2 tenths separated the gymnasts placed two to six! Such a close battle between these excellent gymnasts is very promising for the years to come.

 

Results top 8

1. Simone Biles (USA) 57.491

2. Mai Murakami (JPN) 55.798

3. Morgan Hurd (USA) 55.732

4. Nina Derwael (BEL) 55.699

5. Angelina Melnikova (RUS) 55.698

6. Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) 55.599

7. Yile Chen (CHN) 54.632

8. Flavia Saraiva (BRA) 54.366

 

Find the complete results on the FIG website: https://live.gymnastics.sport/schedule.php?idevent=13335

The World Championships continue tomorrow with the first day of apparatus finals!