Simone Biles Becomes Most Decorated Gymnast In World Championships History
By Paris Close
October 14, 2019
Simone Biles won 25 medals at worlds, making her the most decorated gymnast of all-time.
With her 21st medal, Biles set the record earlier this week by garnering the most medals ever won by a woman at the 2019 World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. As of Sunday (October 13), you could say she outdid herself after delivering a show-stopping performance that sent her home with her 24th and 25th world medals (both gold) — which bests the long held record 23 world medals Vitaly Scherbo achieved in the ‘90s.
The 22-year-old dominated her competitors and took home five of the six golds during the all-around, team, vault, beam and floor exercise competitions. (As for the uneven bars, she placed fifth.) Her all-around turnout would become the talk of the ceremony, as Biles surpassed her opponents by 2.1 points, which set the bar as the largest margin of victory ever to be recorded at Worlds. What’s more, she delivered an equally impressive win with a full point margin victory during the floor event, and succeeded by more than a half a point on the beam.
“I can’t be more thrilled with the performance that I put out at this world championships. I’m not a number person,” Biles said modestly of her historical turnout. “This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out.”
This isn’t the only time Biles has made history at this year’s competition. Earlier this week, she reached new heights with a string of groundbreaking performances. Her iconic beam dismount earlier this month has officially been coined as “The Biles,” and the triple-double stunt she pulled off during her floor routine at the qualifying round at Worlds is now considered “The Biles II."
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