Simone Biles Has Won Silver At The World Championships

Simone Biles

Just a day after securing a sixth all-around title in order to become the most decorated gymnast in the history of the sport, Simone Biles went on to add to this extraordinary tally with a silver in the vault at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Saturday. The 26-year-old fell down hard while trying to land the first vault, which was the eponymous Biles II- also called the Yurchenko double pike.

The error that resulted from this gave her competitors some hope that they were still in the running. But with the need to regain some much-needed composure immediately, Biles then went on to score an impressive 14.666 for a total score of 14.549. The total set up by Biles kept her in first place until Rebecca Andrade, the defending champion, and the last of the gymnasts to compete, stepped up.

Simone Biles Has Etched Her Name In The Annals Of History

The Brazilian gymnast finished with an impressive score of 14.750- 0.201 points better than Simone Biles- and then celebrated this victory by dancing on the floor with the flag of her country. The bronze was won by Yeo Seo-jeong from South Korea. At the latter stages of the competition, Biles finished fifth in the uneven bars- one of the apparatus in which she hasn’t had much success over the years. Biles could only score 14.200 in the event, which was won by Qiu Qiyuan of China, with a score of 15.100. The silver was won by Kaylia Nemour of Algeria, while Shilese Jones from the USA took home the bronze. 

The previous week at the World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Simone Biles became the first woman who went on to land the Yurchenko double pike vault at an international competition- which now means the skill has been christened in her honor- as she mesmerized the onlookers during the qualifying stages.