LOADING ...

Simone Biles Is Now The Most Decorated Female Gymnast In World Championships History

Dvora Meyers Nov 04, 2018. 2 comments

Another day, another record for Simone Biles. Her record-breaking run at the 2018 worlds championships in Doha started with the all-around final on Thursday where she picked up her fourth all-around gold, making her the first woman to do so. She also tied Vitaly Scherbo for most world championship gold medals won at 12. The following day, she won the women’s vault gold to break out of the tie and own the gold medal record outright. She also won her first world medal on bars, making her the first American to win a world championships medal on all four apparatuses.

And today, Biles picked up the bronze on the balance beam and the gold on the floor exercise. The gold on floor was her 20th world championship medal, which ties her for the record with former Russian star Svetlana Khorkina, who accused Biles of doping last year in her memoir. But Biles has more gold medals than Khorkina so that breaks the tie between them, making Biles the most decorated female gymnast in word championship history.

For a little while, it didn’t look like it was going to happen. Biles was up first on balance beam in the final and though she didn’t fall as she had in the all-around , she performed quite shakily, wobbling on the same skill she had fallen on the other day and missing connections between leaps in her routine. When she earned just a 13.6 after the routine with seven gymnasts still to go—including 2016 Olympic beam champion Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands—it didn’t seem like she could hold onto a medal and go for the record. There was just one event left to go after beam, the floor exercise. Biles was all but guaranteed the gold there based on her massive start value but without a beam medal, her total would stand at “only” 19. I thought the record would have to wait until next year’s worlds in Stuttgart.

But then gymnast after gymnast either fell or struggled through their routines. Kara Eaker, the 15-year-old beam specialist who posted the highest beam score in the team final, came off on her mount. Wevers fell on a turn. No one topped Biles’s score until the second to last competitor mounted the balance beam. Ana Padurariu, a first year senior from Canada competing at her first world championships, hit a beautiful routine to go ahead of Biles. And then the final gymnast, Liu Tingting of China went up last and hit a gorgeous set to take first place and the gold, bumping Biles down to bronze medal position.

On floor exercise, Biles took the gold by a point over teammate Morgan Hurd. All-around silver medalist Mai Murakami won the bronze; the floor podium was almost identical to the all-around podium, just with second and third places flipped.

Hurd’s silver on floor is her third of these championships. The 2017 world all-around champion also has a gold from the team competition and a bronze from the all-around.

Biles’s six medal haul in Doha meant that she medaled in every single competition—team, all-around, vault, bars, beam, and floor. (The men have eight medal opportunities since they compete on an additional two apparatuses.)

So just one year and a day after she returned to the gym to train full time, Biles leaves Doha as the most decorated female gymnast of all-time at the world championships.

And she did it all with a kidney stone.

Correction: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Biles is the first female gymnast since 1974 to win six medals at a world championships or Olympics. This has been corrected.

2 Comments

Other Dvora Meyers's posts

Ryoyu Kobayashi Becomes First Non-European Man To Win Overall World Cup Ski Jump Title Ryoyu Kobayashi Becomes First Non-European Man To Win Overall World Cup Ski Jump Title

This weekend, Japanese ski jumper Ryoyu Kobayashi broke Europe’s decades-long domination of the ski jump World Cup by becoming the first non-European man to win the overall title.Kobayashi didn’t medal in Pyeongchang, but since the Olympics he has dominated the World Cup circuit, recording six consecutive wins in the 2018-19 season (he has 11 wins in total). Though he...

Residents Face Sky-Rocketing Rents As NFL Takes Over Inglewood Residents Face Sky-Rocketing Rents As NFL Takes Over Inglewood

Earlier this week, lawmakers in Inglewood, California pushed through a rent stabilization ordinance that seeks to protect residents who are struggling to stay in their homes due to surging rents in the area. One of the main reasons that rents have skyrocketed is due the construction of a $2.6 billion stadium and entertainment complex where both the Rams and...

Japanese Government Wants Evacuees To Return To Fukushima In Time To Make Olympics Look Good Japanese Government Wants Evacuees To Return To Fukushima In Time To Make Olympics Look Good

One of the few things that the Olympics do well, aside from putting cities in significant debt that can take decades to pay off, is symbolism. It was on display last year in Pyeongchang when the North and South Korean delegations marched into the opening ceremonies for the Winter Olympics, and if the Japanese government has its way, 2020...

This Furry With Abs Is The Creepiest Mascot In Sports This Furry With Abs Is The Creepiest Mascot In Sports

Sports team mascots are creepy as a general rule. It comes with the territory to a certain extent, but I can’t really think of one that I don’t find terrifying or at least moderately disquieting. It’s probably something to do with the disproportionate ratio of head-size to body. But at least most of them don’t make you feel bad about...

Suggested posts

Simone Biles Has Once Again Broken Gymnastics Simone Biles Has Once Again Broken Gymnastics

Your browser does not support HTML5 video tag.Click here to view original GIFAmerican gymnast Simone Biles won the all-around title at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship on Sunday, making this the sixth time she’s taken home that title in the last seven years. She also unleashed two moves that no gymnast has ever done in competition before. How Simone Biles Broke...

Simone Biles Dissatisfied With Her Own Performance That Included History-Making Dismount Simone Biles Dissatisfied With Her Own Performance That Included History-Making Dismount

Even on days where she’s far from perfect, Simon Biles is still able to prove that labeling her as the greatest gymnast of all time might be an understatement. The latest example of this came on Friday in Kansas City, Mo. at the U.S. Gymnastics championships, when she decided to become the first person in history to land a...

Simone Biles Tears Up While Expressing Anger At USA Gymnastics Simone Biles Tears Up While Expressing Anger At USA Gymnastics

Simone Biles is getting ready to compete in the U.S Gymnastics Championships in Kansas City, Mo. this weekend, and Wednesday night she met with reporters after her training session. When she was asked about how she feels to be competing under the USA Gymnastics banner after the organization failed to protect Biles and its other athletes from Larry Nassar,...

Simone Biles Reminds Us How Deep Every Gymnast's Bag Of Tricks Really Is Simone Biles Reminds Us How Deep Every Gymnast's Bag Of Tricks Really Is

If I had been drinking something when I clicked play on a video Simone Biles tweeted out on May 28, I would have spat it out. The video in question shows Biles during a training session, once again challenging what I thought I knew about gravity: Biles flew in from the left side of the frame, completed a roundoff...

USA Gymnastics Can't Stop Fucking Up, So Why Should It Exist At All? USA Gymnastics Can't Stop Fucking Up, So Why Should It Exist At All?

When Li Li Leung, USA Gymnastics’ fourth CEO in under two years, came to the job in February, she had her work cut out for her. She’s been tasked with guiding the organization as it attempts to resolve dozens of lawsuits, survive a bankruptcy , and restore trust with a community of athletes USAG has failed repeatedly and catastrophically.Despite...

The New USA Gymnastics Director Of Sports Medicine Lasted Just One Day On The Job The New USA Gymnastics Director Of Sports Medicine Lasted Just One Day On The Job

It doesn’t seem possible that one organization could find as many different ways to fuck up as USA Gymnastics has over the past several years, but they somehow added another one to the list earlier this week. On Monday, the bankrupt USAG hired its first-ever full-time director of sports medicine and science, Edward Nyman. The organization seemed optimistic about...

President Of Gymnastics' Athletes' Commission Says Abuse Survivors Are In It For The Money President Of Gymnastics' Athletes' Commission Says Abuse Survivors Are In It For The Money

Liubou Charkashyna, the president of the International Gymnastics Federation’s athletes’ commission—which was created to represent gymnasts’ interests—used a recent interview with Belarussian media to express skepticism about the frequency of abuse in sports and victims’ motives.While acknowledging that sex abuse is a problem and saying that her “heart froze” while listening to testimony of an athlete abused by her...

Olympic Athletes Are Trying To Get A Seat At The Bargaining Table Olympic Athletes Are Trying To Get A Seat At The Bargaining Table

Athlete representatives in the U.S. Olympic movement recently met in the basement of an airport hotel in Chicago to discuss the next step in mobilizing against their respective chartered national governing bodies and the USOC—creating a union.The Wall Street Journal reported that the Athletes’ Advisory Council (AAC), a volunteer-led entity comprised of former athletes that aims to represent athletes’...

Michigan Attorney General Takes Over Investigation Of Former Olympic Gymnastics Coach John Geddert Michigan Attorney General Takes Over Investigation Of Former Olympic Gymnastics Coach John Geddert

The Michigan attorney general’s office, which oversaw the criminal case of disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, has taken over the investigation of gymnastics coach John Geddert. Geddert owned Twistars USA Gymnastics Club in Lansing, Mich., and coached the U.S. women’s team in the 2012 Olympics. The investigation so far had been overseen by Eaton County officials, the Lansing State Journal reported....

USA Gymnastics Hires NBA VP Li Li Leung As New CEO USA Gymnastics Hires NBA VP Li Li Leung As New CEO

Four months after Nike-hating Mary Bono stepped down as president of USA Gymnastics after about five days at the helm , the organization has named Li Li Leung as its new boss. Leung, who has a sports marketing background, had previously worked at the NBA as a senior vice president. She also has experience working with national sports governing...

Language