Sunday, October 13, 2019

Simone Biles breaks gymnastics worlds medals record

Simone Biles will finish the 2019 World Gymnastic Championships with the most medals in history won by any gymnast male or female.

Biles earned a record-breaking 24th and 25th medals, winning the balance beam and floor exercise on the last day of the meet on Sunday. She earned five gold medals alone at these worlds, believed to be the most by one gymnast since Soviets Larisa Latynina and Boris Shakhlin in 1958 (when Latynina was pregnant).

Biles now stands alone in total medals, passing 1990s Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo on Sunday. Biles did it more efficiently than Scherbo, competing one fewer year and with fewer medal chances (women compete on four apparatuses; men six). She already had the career gold medals record and upped it to 19 on Sunday.


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