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Simone Biles becomes first woman to win five all-around world titles

Omnisport logo Omnisport 10/10/2019 Chelsea Howard

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Simone Biles made history yet again on Thursday, becoming the first woman to win five all-around titles at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.

Biles is the only woman with more than three such crowns and now boasts 22 career medals at the competition, just one shy of male star Vitaly Scherbo's overall record.

Simone Biles jumping into the air to catch a ball: Team USA star Simone Biles © Getty Images Team USA star Simone Biles

The 22-year-old's latest feat came as she scored 58.999 points after delivering four clean routines to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing.

Gold medal winner Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates after the women's all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader) © ASSOCIATED PRESS Gold medal winner Simone Biles of the U.S. celebrates after the women's all-around final at the Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019. (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

The win marked Biles' largest margin of victory at a World Championships all-around event, giving the United States seventh win in a row in the women's all-around to match the old Soviet Union's record streak.

The five-time Olympic champion is set to compete in all four event finals this weekend - the vault and bars, followed by the beam and floor - giving her the opportunity to surpass Scherbo.

Speaking on Wednesday, Biles told the Washington Post: "Every year it feels better and better just because we're adding to the legacy.

Gallery: Gymnastics: World championships photos(USA TODAY SPORTS)


"I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country."

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