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Biles, McClain Win 2019 US Classic Titles
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Simone Biles (World Champions Centre) successfully defended her all-around title at the 2019 US Classic Championship held at the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, KY. Biles (also winner at the event in 2014, 2015 and 2018) competed clean start to end to post 60.0 in the all-around to snatch another title by yet again fairly large margin. Second and third place finishers were Riley McCusker (MG Elite) 57.9 and Grace McCallum (Twin City Twisters) 57.7, who also went four-for-four.

Biles competed a Cheng on vault to post top score on the event (15.65), and also outscored the field on floor by a wide margin despite landing her new pass (Biles to punch front layout) entirely out of bound (15.0/6.8). She was also rock-solid on bars and beam performing cleanly and posting 14.45/6.2 and 14.9/6.2.

With her complex routine on beam (switch leap to ring leap mount, front aerial split ring to ff step out, side aerial to layout-layout, leap to side somie, switch ring to ff to ff swing down, round off, ff, 2 1/2 twists) Kara Eaker from GAGE posted best score on the event 15.4/6.8, and her all-around of 56.8 was the fourth best of the day. Teammate Leanne Wong was fifth with a 56.65. The 2019 American Cup winner hit every routine but gave a few tenths away on a late toe full on bars, and big steps on her landings on double layout dismount on bars and 3 ½ twists on floor. Sixth was Morgan Hurd from First State with a 56.5. Hurd topped the field on bars with a clean routine sticking her full twisting double tuck dismount 14.7/6.0.

Jade Carey (Arizona Sunrays) impressed on floor with a clean double twisting double layout, full twisting double layout, double twisting double tuck and front tuck step out to double tuck to post 14.25/6.1, tie for second best on the event with McCallum. Carey was also strong on vault competing a Cheng and a double twisting Yurchenko for the vault title. For complete results click here.

In the junior competition Konnor McClain from Revolution Gymnastics won the all-around title with a 55.6, ahead of Sydney Barros (Texas Dreams) 55.3, and Olivia Greaves (MG Elite) 54.75. McClain posted top scores on vault 14.8 and beam 14.35, while Greaves had the best bar routine with a 14.2. The top score on floor was 13.7, which came from Skye Blakely (WOGA) who placed fourth in the all-around with a 53.95. For complete results click here.

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