American Simone Biles etched her name into the history books at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships once again by securing a record-breaking 10th gold medal with a typically-dominant display as the event here drew to a close today.
The 18-year-old, winner of a record third consecutive all-around title on Thursday (October 29), produced a near-perfect routine to defend her balance beam crown thanks to a score of 15.358 points in a final where four of her competitors fell from the apparatus.
Sanne Wevers picked up The Netherlands' first medal of the competition as she did enough for silver, 1.025 adrift of the winning score on 14.333, while Germany’s Pauline Schaefer earned bronze with a total of 14.133.
Biles, also a member of the American contingent which won the women’s team event in style, was not done there, though, as she then exhibited her prowess on the floor to take gold, recording 15.800 to finish comfortably ahead of Russia’s Kseniia Afanaseva and team-mate Maggie Nichols.
As soon as the formidable youngster graced the floor, it quickly became apparent she would take some beating with a performance which oozed class from the outset on her way to victory and another successful title defence.
The success on perhaps her most favoured discipline saw her become the first female gymnast to win 10 World Championships gold medals, overtaking Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina, Gina Gogean of Romania and Ukrainian Larisa Latynina, all of whom had won nine.
"I'm feeling really good about it but it hasn't sunk in yet," Biles said.
"The highlight of these Championships is my beam - if I was told that I would be two-times world champion, I wouldn’t have believed it before."
The competition in Glasgow concluded in fitting fashion as Japan’s Kohei Uchimura, who broke his own record when he sealed a sixth-straight men’s all-around crown on Friday (October 30), ensured he departed Glasgow with a hat-trick of golds to his name as he reigned supreme on the precarious high bar.
Uchmiura, who secured Japan their first men’s team title for 37 years, despite a dramatic fall on the same apparatus on Wednesday (October 28), had the crowd engrossed with a routine laden with poise and perfectly-executed releases which yielded a score of 15.833 to bag an astonishing 19th World Championships medal.
America's Danell Leyva had perhaps thought he had done enough with his own dazzling performance, rewarded with 15.700, though with Uchimura in the field there was always the possibility that he may be beaten.
Leyva , winner of the high bar world title in Tokyo in 2011, eventually clung on to silver, with Manrique Larduet, a history maker in his own right after winning Cuba’s first all-around World Championships medal, taking home bronze.
Due to the qualification system in place, which has attracted criticism, Larduet had not qualified for next year’s Olympic Games on his all-around success alone, but his place at Rio 2016 has now been confirmed thanks to his high bar result.
In the day’s first final, North Korea's Ri Se-gwang clinched his second consecutive World Championships vault gold, shading nearest challenger Marian Drăgulescu of Romania, the 34-year-old who has a move on the apparatus named after him, by 0.0450 points with a total of 15.450.
Drăgulescu, one of the characters in the sport, who won his first world title back in 2011, was forced to settle for silver, with American Donnell Whittenburg claiming the final spot on the podium.
The men’s parallel bars final, in stark contrast to the women’s balance beam, was packed full of quality and saw China’s You Hao dethrone defending champion Oleg Verniaiev of Ukraine, the all-around European Games champion, as he posted a commanding 16.216 in the second routine.
That score set a benchmark which none of the rest of the field could reach, with Verniaiev winning silver on 16.066.
There was yet another tie for bronze as Oleg Stepko of Azerbaijan and You’s compatriot Deng Shudi both finished on 15.966.
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