Gymnastic World Championships: Simone Biles aims for 20th world title at Antwerp
Posted : 20 September 2023
Four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles is gearing up to compete for her 20th world title at the upcoming World Championships in Antwerp. Her journey to this milestone includes a victorious performance in the all-around women's final at the US selection event, where she topped the qualification with an impressive score of 55.700.
Notably, Biles is set to become the first woman to represent Team USA at six Artistic World Championships, solidifying her legacy as one of the greatest gymnasts of all time.
Biles, 26, made a triumphant return to competition in August after a two-year hiatus focused on her mental health. Her comeback was nothing short of spectacular, as she clinched her eighth all-around title at the US Gymnastics Championships, breaking a 90-year-old record in the process.
However, at the recent selection event, Biles faced some unusual challenges, including falling during her uneven bars routine and encountering deductions on other apparatuses.
Despite these challenges, Biles secured her spot on the world stage, with her remarkable talent and dedication shining through. Shilese Jones, who finished second with a score of 55.300, also displayed her skills but fell short due to a one-point deduction on her final apparatus, the uneven bars.
Biles's return to competitive gymnastics after her Tokyo Olympics withdrawal in 2021, citing 'the twisties'—a mental block affecting spatial awareness in gymnasts—has been inspiring.
Her journey continues as she prepares for the World Championships in Antwerp, with Team USA set to announce the rest of their squad.
The championship is scheduled to take place from September 30 to October 8, promising thrilling gymnastics action as Biles vies for another world title.