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Biles by miles: Gymnast Simone Biles claims record 5th world title

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Biles by miles: Gymnast Simone Biles claims record 5th world title

Biles by miles: Gymnast Simone Biles claims record 5th world title

American Simone Biles became the first woman to win five all-around titles at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart on Thursday.

Lisa Bernhard reports.

She defies gravity with remarkable grace and astounding guts.

And on Thursday, American gymnast Simone Biles reached a new pinnacle, becoming the first woman to win a fifth all-around title at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart, Germany.

And she won it by miles - beating China's Tang Xijing by what in gymnastics terms is a huge margin of over 2 points.

Biles' total number of medals at the world championship now matches her age - 22 - and puts her just one shy of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo's record haul of 23 medals.

It also lends further credence to a joke her U.S. teammates made in the run-up to the 2016 Olympics in Rio, who said there should be a 'Simone Division' - an acknowledgment of her superiority in the sport.

Little wonder she's the clear favorite to win gold at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo.




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