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‘There’s Room For Improvement,’ Says All-Around Favorite Biles
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Even after U.S. superstar Simone Biles primed herself for her fifth world all-around title by drubbing the field in qualifications, she said she is finessing her routines for an even better performance in Thursday’s all-around final at the World Championships in Stuttgart.

“On beam, that’s how I train so I’m really excited that I got to finally go out there and compete like I train,” said Biles of her performance in qualifica-tions, where her 59.432 all-around total easily ranked her first above U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee (57.166) and France’s Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos (56.782) heading into the all-around final.

“I think there’s room for improvement on the other three events, and that’s what training’s for."

Between Saturday’s qualifications and Thursday’s all-around final, Biles squeezed in a record-breaking performance when she led the U.S. women to their fifth consecutive world team title in Tuesday’s team final.

Biles’ team gold in Stuttgart boosted her career world championships medal tally to 15 gold medals, the most of any gymnast (male or female), and 21 medals overall, the most of any female gymnast.

She savored that historic individual milestone with characteristic humility and team spirit.

“With the legacy we have for the U.S., coming in and winning the world championship means the world to all of us,” Biles said. “We have a rookie (Lee) on the team, so I know it is really special for her, but for the rest of us, winning another gold medal means the world to us, and we’re just proud to represent our country.”

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