- The US women won by a margin of 2.199 pts in the final ahead of Brazil & France
- Biles now has 20 golf world championship medals and seven Olympics medals
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Led by Simone Biles, the U.S. women has won a record seventh consecutive team title at the gymnastics world championships on Wednesday night, nine months prior to the start of the Summer Olympics in Paris.
The American team of Biles, Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely and Leanne Wong combined for a total of 167.729 points to edge Brazil and France.
The U.S. team won by a margin of 2.199 points as the final proved to be a closer contest than anticipated after the Americans put up a dominant performance in qualifying.
The U.S. women have won gold in the team event at every world championship that included a team competition since 2011. Their victory in Antwerp broke a tie with the Chinese men for the longest streak of consecutive team titles and made Biles the most decorated female gymnast in history.
Biles now has 26 world championship medals, 20 of them gold, to go with her seven Olympic medals, including the 2016 Olympic title.
Team USA celebrate winning gold at the Gymnastics World Championship in Antwerp, Belgium
Biles now has 26 world championship medals, 20 of them gold, to go with her 7 Olympic ones
Biles performs on the Uneven Bars in the Women’s Team Final involving the US, Brazil & France
The US team of Biles, Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely & Leanne Wong combined for 167.729 points
Her 33 combined medals at the sport’s two biggest events are one more than what Larisa Latynina of the Soviet Union achieved.
The U.S team overcame an early scare as Joscelyn Roberson was forced out of the event even before it started after she seemed to hurt an ankle while warming up at the vault. She was helped off the mat and subbed by Wong.
Jones then kicked off the competition smoothly for the Americans with a Double Twist Yurchenko, with only a small hop.
Leanne Wong of the US performs on the Balance Beam in the Women’s Team Final, Wednesday
Rebeca Andrade, of Brazil, performs on the Uneven Bars in the Women’s Team Final
The Americans came out on top on Wednesday after battling against the Chinese in qualifiers
Wong responded to the last-minute call with a clean effort before Biles opted for the slightly safer ‘Cheng’ vault rather than the Yurchenko Double Pike she performed during qualifying on Sunday.
The Americans amassed 42.966 points and were second behind China after the first rotation following the Chinese gymnasts’ excellent display on uneven bars.
Biles and her teammates then bested their Chinese opponents’ performance on bars as they took the overall lead with a margin of 1.467 points. They increased it a bit further after the beam, as Biles made up for the modest 11.700 Wong received by scoring 14.300 with a solid routine.
Biles capped off a successful night for the U.S team with a spectacular floor routine rewarded by a 15.166.