Gymnastics: US gymnast Simone Biles claims record fifth all-around world title

Simone Biles of USA competes in the Floor women's All-Around Final at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, on Oct 10, 2019. PHOTO: EPA-EFE

STUTTGART, GERMANY (REUTERS) - American Simone Biles became the first woman to win five all-around titles at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart on Thursday (Oct 10).

The victory represents Biles' 16th gold medal at the worlds as she added to her all-around world titles she won in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Needing 12.301 in floor exercise to reclaim her title in the final rotation, Biles scored 14.400 points to finish with an overall score of 58.999 - beating China's Tang Xijing by a huge margin of 2.100.

The 22-year-old Biles is now just one short of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo's record haul of 23 medals - a milestone she could surpass by the end of the individual events at the championships this weekend.

Tang finished with a score of 56.899 to claim silver on her championships debut, while Russia's Angelina Melnikova took bronze with 56.399.

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