9/16/2018 4:25:39 PM (GMT+3)

Olympic champion Biles likely to dominate at Doha Worlds

Olympic champion Biles likely to dominate at Doha Worlds

DOHA: Reigning Olympic and three-time world all-around champion Simone Biles is poised to once again star at the FIG Artistic World Championships.

The American made a triumphant return to competition last month, winning the senior all-around crown at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

The 21-year-old posted the highest all-around score (58.700) with impressive scores on the balance beam (15.200), vault (15.400) and floor exercise (14.750) this year.

In fact, the women’s qualification round will have its fair share of excitement when USA take to the podium in Subdivision 5.

Japan, who will compete in Subdivision 2, could well continue their surge towards a team medal after finishing eighth in 2014, fifth in 2015 and fourth in Rio Olympics. Two Japanese gymnasts – Mai Murakami and Aiko Sugihara -- landed among the top six in the All-around final at last year’s Worlds in Montreal, Canada.

The US have not lost a team title since Russia took gold in 2010 (Rotterdam, the Netherlands), but in Doha most of their chief rivals are likely to follow them in later subdivisions.

China, who won team silver at the 2014 and 2015 editions and team bronze in Rio, will compete in Subdivision 7.

Fast-rising France, who were second to Russia in the team final at this summer’s European Championships, will compete in Subdivision 8.

Russia, who yielded bronze to Great Britain in the team final in 2015, will face the British ladies anew in Subdivision 9. Russia and Great Britain placed second and fifth, respectively, in the team final at the Rio Games.