Last two golds on the line for Biles
DOHA: Simone Biles of the USA has two more chances to add to her hefty medal haul on the second day of the women’s apparatus finals at Aspire Dome on Saturday.
Biles, who has already won three golds and a silver in Doha, is the top qualifier on balance beam and floor exercise which will conclude the women’s competition of the championships.
Even for a gymnast as even-keeled as Biles, balance beam can be the most unpredictable of the four apparatus. She led qualifications but fell in the All-around final.
The 21-year-old ranked first over team-mate Kara Eaker in balance beam qualifications, but she isn’t making room in her collection for another gold just yet.
“Beam is a very mental event, so you have to bring your A-game that day and have the right mindset,” said Biles, who won balance beam gold at the 2014 and 2015 Worlds. “It’s really up for grabs because I’ve been in beam finals where everyone kind of falls apart. You never know.”
2016 Olympic balance beam champion Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, who qualified in fourth place for the balance beam final behind third-ranked Zhang Jin of China, is seeking her first world title.
The elegant Wevers more than compensates for her lack of explosive difficulty by racking up points through her unique and bonus-yielding connections.
Wevers has also mastered the art of improvisation so she can still score big when her routine doesn’t go according to plan.
“It’s more like I the way I train,” Wevers said. “If something goes wrong, I think, ‘What do I need to do?’ It becomes second nature for me.”
On floor exercise, Biles’ overpowering performance in qualifications placed her 1.233 points above second-ranked Mai Murakami of Japan.
Biles, a three-time champion on that floor exercise, is optimistic that she can finish her championships with a golden flourish.
“We are off to a good start,” Biles said after winning gold on vault and silver on uneven bars on Friday. “So hopefully that will keep the ball rolling.”