Simone Biles wins vault silver at gymnastics worlds despite fall


Simone Biles won a silver medal on vault at the World Gymnastics Championships despite a fall, a testament to the difficulty that sets her apart from the rest of the field.

Biles, the No. 1 qualifier and huge favorite, over-rotated her Yurchenko double pike (now called Biles because she is the first and only woman to land it internationally) and landed safely on her back on the mat. Fell backwards.

He landed his second vault, a curved chang, cleanly with a short jump over the edge. She averaged 14.549 points for her two vaults in Antwerp, Belgium.

Later, Brazilian Rebecca Andrade overtook Biles with an average of 14.75 for her two clean vaults. She faced an average of seven tenths less difficulty than Biles, but beat the American in execution.

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South Korea’s Yeo Seo-jeong won bronze (14.416) with two clean vaults and an average of eight tenths less difficulty than Biles.

Biles won a medal with a fall because of the high start values ​​for her vaults as they were the most difficult of the nine-woman final.

Yurchenko had half her point deducted on the double pike because her coach was on the mat and watching her from safety, a deduction that made the difference between gold and silver on Saturday.

Biles brought her record to 35 combined Olympic and World Championship medals, including 28 World medals.

Biles’ six career world vault medals – in six world appearances – are second only to Oksana Chusovitina’s nine.

The other American in the final, Leanne Wong, finished seventh. Jocelyn Roberson of the United States had qualified for the final in sixth place, but withdrew Saturday morning after suffering an ankle injury during practice for Wednesday’s team final.

Later Saturday, the U.S. added medals on pommel horse (Khoi Young, silver behind Ireland’s Rhys McClenaghan) and uneven bars (Shilez Jones, bronze in a tiebreaker with China’s Huang Zhuofan).

Biles finished fifth on bars, matching her qualifying result. Bars is the only apparatus where she is not a medal favorite, although she won a World silver medal in 2018.

Worlds conclude Sunday with five more apparatus finals. Biles is a strong favorite to win both the women’s balance beam and floor events. Peacock Live stream the final at 8am ET.


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