Biles Dominates Women's Qualification in Antwerp
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U.S. champion Simone Biles dominated the women's competition as qualification ended Wednesday at the world championships in Antwerp.

Biles outscored teammate Kyla Ross by nearly a full point in the all-around and was the only gymnast to qualify to all four events finals. She had the top mark on floor exercise and qualified second to the final on vault, fifth on uneven bars and sixth on balance beam.

Simone Biles (U.S.)

Biles also landed her new skill on floor exercise, a double layout with a half twist, which will be named after her in the International Gymnastics Federation's (FIG) Code of Points.

"On floor, you have to have a lot of fun out there and I think that is the key," Biles said. "It wasn't the best I've done it (the new skill), but it was exciting (to do it) and have a skill named after me."

Chinese Olympian Yao Jinnan, who competed in Tuesday's qualification, qualified third behind Ross and held onto the top spot on uneven bars with 15.433.

Romanian star Larisa Iordache qualified fourth to the all-around final with the top mark on balance beam (15.266). She also had the third best score on floor exercise behind Biles and veteran teammate Sandra Izbasa. Iordache nearly came off uneven bars, however, missing a hand on her new Maloney-half transition.

2010 world champion Aliya Mustafina (Russia) qualified in fifth after sitting down her floor exercise mount of two whips to Arabian double front. She qualified fifth to the final on uneven bars and eighth on balance beam.

China's Shang Chunsong, Italy's Vanessa Ferrari, Switzerland's Giulia Steingruber and Canada's Ellie Black rounded out the top 10 qualifier's to Friday's all-around finalsl

Defending world vault champion McKayla Maroney (U.S.) earned the top qualification score on vault above Biles and 2008 Olympic champion Hong Un Jong (North Korea). Maroney also finished seventh all-around and on floor exercise, but will not advance as Biles and Ross finished ahead of her. (FIG rules limit only two gymnast per country in each final.)

"I was having a lot of fun despite looking serious out there," Maroney said. "It is such a privilege to compete for the all-around, and I still need a little bit more experience because I haven't competed the all-around in a long time. I am very happy with how I did, and I am looking forward to vault finals."

Competition continues Thursday evening in Antwerp with the men's all-around final. Olympic champion Kohei Uchimura of Japan, the top qualifier, appears on track to make history by winning a fourth consecutive world all-around title.

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