‘Best ever’ Biles hails record 25 world medals

AFP | Published: 00:00, Oct 15,2019


Simone Biles

US gymnastics star Simone Biles won her fifth gold medal in the women’s floor final Sunday to conclude her ‘best ever’ world championships and take her career record to 25 medals. Biles, who won the beam title earlier in the day, also claimed an unrivalled 19th world gold following her previous successes in the team, all-around and vault events in Stuttgart. ‘This is really the best worlds performance I have ever put out,’ she said after finishing her fifth world championships with five titles in six events. The 22-year-old plans to celebrate when she gets back home to Texas, where ‘my mom usually likes to throw a worlds party -- whether I want one or not,’ she joked. Biles was crowned world floor champion for the fifth time after winning by a full point from team-mate Sunisa Lee, who earned silver with Russia’s Angelina Melnikova taking bronze. ‘I just couldn’t move at the end, I was so tired,’ Biles confessed after her sixth and final event in Stuttgart.

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