Biles lands vault for fifth named element, dominates all-around qualification

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The Biles II, a Yurchenko double pike vault, helped the American star reach an all-around score of 58.865 as the US earned a strong result in Antwerp's qualification for the women's competition.

Since making her international debut at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp ten years ago, a lot has changed for 19-time world champion and four-time Olympic champion Simone Biles.

After taking a break after the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, she rose to become one of the sport's most accomplished athletes ever

married NFL player Jonathan Owens, and launched a global discourse about mental health.

There is no doubt how to pronounce her name as she returned to the Belgian city on Sunday, October 1, 2023, at the very same stadium where she won her maiden world title ten years prior.

In-house announcer Niels Daniel, who yelled "See-Mon-Ee Biles" when the American concluded her gold routines in 2013, commented, "The announcer has figured out how to pronounce her first name correctly."

On the uneven bars, an event where she struggled at both the U.S. Classic and the most recent U.S. Worlds trials

she made a good start in her first international competition since the Tokyo Games.

She performed a powerful and assured routine at this point, punctuating her return to the international arena with a spectacular full-twisting, double back dismount. She received a 14.400.

The second rotation moved Biles and Team USA to the balance beam - an event on which any nerves might creep in.

She scored 14.566 when doing her performance with the slightest balancing modifications.