Gymnastics: Simone Biles Wins Fifth Artistic Individual All-Around Title at World Championships

Simone Biles won her fifth title in the women’s artistic individual all-around at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships. Initially, the top twenty athletes from nations without a qualified team, maximum one athlete per nation would be given a spot to compete. However, due to reallocations of the individual apparatus quotas more athletes will qualify via this method. The Artistic Gymnastics World Championships is currently being held in Stuttgart, Germany from October 4th to October 13th 2019.

The qualification round was topped by defending champion Simone Biles of the United States. Biles finished first on the balance beam and floor, second on the vault and seventh on the uneven bars for a total of 59.432 points. This was over two points ahead of her compatriot Sunisa Lee whom finished with 57.166 points while France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos was third with 56.782 points.

The Olympic quotas were won by Brazil (Flavia Saraiva), Switzerland (Giulia Steingruber), Australia (Georgia Godwin), Ukraine (Diana Varinska), South Korea (Lee Yun-seo), Hungary (Zsofia Kovacs), Argentina (Martina Dominici), Mexico (Alexa Moreno), Jamaica (Danusia Francis), North Korea (Kim Su-jon), the Czech Republic (Aneta Holasova), Cuba (Marcia Vidiaux), Romania (Maria Holbura), Austria (Elisa Haemmerle), Belarus (Anastasiya Alistratava), Malaysia (Farah Ann Abdul Hadi), Egypt (Mandy Mohamed), Turkey (Nazli Savranbasi), Slovakia (Barbora Mokosova) and Portugal (Filipa Martins).

Additionally, due to fewer than three unqualified eligible athletes reaching the individual apparatus finals and Japan qualifying a team twelve more quotas will be reallocated to the next best all-around athletes. Currently they belong to Croatia (Ana Derek), South Africa (Caitlin Rooskrantz), Sweden (Jonna Adlerteg), Poland (Gabriela Janik), Chile (Simona Castro), Israel (Lihie Raz), Norway (Julie Erichsen), Peru (Ariana Orrego), Uzbekistan (Oksana Chusovitina), Chinese Taipei (Ting Hua-tien), Azerbaijan (Marina Nekrasova) and Singapore (Tan Sze En).

The final saw Biles put on a display that showed she was on another level. She finished first on the vault, balance beam and floor and third on the uneven bars to finish with a total of 58.999 points. This was over two points higher than China’s Tang Xijing whom won the silver medal with 56.899 points while Russia’s Angelina Melnikova won bronze with a score of 56.399.

The next opportunity for unqualified athletes, including those from nations qualified to the team event will be through the World Cup series. The World Championships continues tomorrow with medals being awarded in the men’s artistic individual all-around.

Qualified Nations

Women’s Artistic Individual Events
* Argentina
* Australia
* Austria
* Azerbaijan
* Belarus
* Brazil
* Chile
* Chinese Taipei
* Croatia
* Cuba
* Czech Republic
* Egypt
* Hungary
* Israel
* Jamaica
* Malaysia
* Mexico
* North Korea
* Norway
* Peru
* Poland
* Portugal
* Romania
* Singapore
* Slovakia
* South Africa
* South Korea
* Sweden
* Switzerland
* Turkey
* Ukraine
* Uzbekistan

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