Simone Biles’ dominance of her sport is well known and solidified as victory gave the Olympic medalist her 12th world gold medal and her fourth all-around title at the world championships Thursday in Doha, Qatar, just days after tweeting she’d put off having a kidney stone removed until after the competition. It is the most ever in women’s artistic gymnastics.
The 21-year old gymnast despite struggling with a series of uncharacteristic mistakes, finished with a score of 57.491, seeing off Japan’s Mai Murakami, who finished 1.693 points behind for the silver. Morgan Hurd, last year’s world champion in Biles’ absence, finished 0.066 behind Murakami for bronze.
The margin of victory, even accounting for Biles’ first falls in more than 60 career routines in the Olympics or world championships, marked the largest of her four all-around world titles.
Team USA reports that this would the eighth time in a row that an American has either won the world or Olympic all-around title. This means that Biles is responsible for five of those consecutive wins, as she has never lost a championship.
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