Biles Defends World All-Around Title
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American Simone Biles successfully held off Romanian Larisa Iordache to win her second world all-around title Friday at the world championships in Nanning, China.

Biles won the gold medal with 60.231,with scores of 15.866 for her booming Amanar, 14.533 on uneven bars, 14.766 on balance beam and 15.066 on floor exercise (double-double; double layout-half; double layout; full-in).

Biles is the first female gymnast to win back-to-back world all-around titles since Russian legend Svetlana Khorkina won in 2001 and 2003. Teammate Kyla Ross won the bronze medal behind Iordache.

Simone Biles (United States)

After Romania just missed the bronze medal in the team competition, Iordache looked determined to break into the medals on Friday. Iordache put pressure on Biles, with 15.066 on vault, 14.866 on uneven bars, 15.100 on balance beam (beautiful ff tucked full and RO, ff, triple twist dismount for the highest score of the day) and 14.733 on floor exercise. Ioradche went full bore on floor, tumbling a double-double; tucked full-in; triple twist and piked full-in dismount. Iordache stumbled out of bounds on her tucked full-in second pass, but her 6.5 Difficulty score was the highest of the day on floor. Though Biles was expected to win easily, Iordache's total of 59.765 was just half a point behind.

Iordache is the first Romanian woman to win a world all-around medal since 2007, when Steliana Nistor took second all-around.

Ross, the silver medalist behind Biles at the 2013, appeared to be out of the medals after three events. Ross trailed Russia's Aliya Mustafina and China's Yao Jinnan as the top group went into floor exercise. Ross scored just 13.933 on floor exercise, but held onto third place as Mustafina sat down her Arabian double front mount (13.433) and Yao touched down on her double tuck dismount. Yao attempted to do a cartwheel out of the double tuck, but the judges were not fooled and handed her a 12.833.

Yao had the best score of the day on uneven bars with 15.533 with a brilliant routine. Yao, who qualified for finals on uneven bars and balance beam, still has a shot at her first world championship gold.

2006 world champion Vanessa Ferrari finished sixth again, repeating her rank from 2013. Russia's Alla Sotnitskaya placed seventh ahead of Venezuelan veteran Jessica Lopez. Lopez, whose previous best was 10th all-around in 2010, again gave Venezuelan gymnastics its best result in history.

Canadian Olympian Ellie Black finished ninth, just .001 behind Lopez, after a fall on vault. Commonwealth Games champion Claudia Fragapane (Great Britain) rounded out the top 10.

Japan's superhero Kohei Uchimura — who won an astonishing fifth consecutive world all-around title on Thursday — and Yao won the Longines Prize for Elegance.

Competition continues Saturday with the first day of apparatus finals.

Click here for full results and start list for apparatus finals.

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Leszek Rostek said:

Beautiful spectacle. Great Biles and Ross had time. Bravo. Beautiful day American gymnastics.
October 10, 2014
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