Simone Biles Becomes Most-Decorated Gymnast Ever at the World Championships

By , RADIO.COM Sports

Simone Biles continues to make history.

The 22-year-old became the most-decorated gymnast in the world on Sunday, winning her 24th and 25th career medals — 18th and 19th gold — at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championship in Stuttgart, Germany on Sunday.

She broke the previous record of 23, held by Belarusian gymnast Vitaly Scherbo who set the mark in 1996, but only had 12 gold medals.

Biles broke his record by scoring a 15.066 in her balance beam routine, topping China’s Liu Tingting and Li Shijia for the gold.

She was not done there, either.

Biles still had a floor exercise to compete in, too, and scored a 15.133 to take the gold in that, extending her newfound record to 25 medals — 19 gold.

In total, Biles took home five gold medals from the world championships in Stuttgart. Her performance also included two signature moves that had never been done before and will now be named after Biles after she executed them flawlessly at the start of the championship.

She had debuted her unprecedented moves — a triple-double on the floor exercise and double-double dismount on the balance beam — at the U.S. Gymnastics Championship this summer, but new moves are named after the gymnast if they are performed in international competition.

Biles’ record comes as she is gearing up to compete in the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, which she has said will be her last Olympics. She won four gold medals at the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

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