Biles creates history, wins fourth All-around world title
DOHA: Simone Biles made yet more gymnastics history here on Thursday when she became the first woman to win four individual All-around world titles after picking up the gold in the final at the 48th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.
The American, who is in stupendous form, won despite uncharacteristic errors in two of the disciplines, the vault and beam, to claim her 12th world title.
Biles did not dominate as many anticipated and the 22-year-old held off strong challenges from Japan's Mai Murakami (55.798), who took silver and American compatriot, and 2017 champion, Morgan Hurd (55.732).
She trailed after her first piece of apparatus, vault, and also struggled on the beam where she came off.
"I haven’t been as confident at these World Championships on beam as I have been in past competitions. So it’s a little scary going out there. Vault shook me up a little bit, but I tried not to get off-track and tried to focus on the other three events," Biles said.
Belgium's Nina Derwael and Russian Federation's Angelina Melnikova also came close to winning a medal, with the former headed the competition and looked certain to finish on the podium but was outdone by superlative final performances by the top three.