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Simone Biles, U.S. women lead gymnastics worlds qualifying

ANTWERP, Belgium — Simone Biles led the U.S. women’s qualifying rounds in both events at the world gymnastics championships on Sunday with an all-around score of 58.865.

The 26-year-old, a five-time all-around world champion and seven-time Olympic medalist, had top times on the floor exercise, vault and balance beam and was second only to teammate Shilese Jones on the uneven bars. Jones). Pass the first qualifying match.

The U.S. team, consisting of Biles, Jones, Skye Blakely, Leanne Wang and Jocelyn Robertson, posted a total score of 171.395, the best score at the end of qualifying by a considerable margin. Italy ranked second with 162.230 in two of the 10 divisions.

Biles already has a record 25 world championship medals (19 of them gold), and he will have the opportunity to significantly add to his medal tally this week.

Team USA will look to win the team title on Wednesday. The all-around final will be held on Friday, with the singles finals scheduled for Saturday and Sunday.

Biles, who returned to competition this summer after a two-year break following the Tokyo Olympics, easily executed her signature Yurchenko double-spear vault, scoring 15.766, although she voluntarily deducted half a point to give coach Laurent Lan Dee was able to find her footing. Mats as a precaution.

Jones, who won three medals at the 2022 world championships and will join Biles in the all-around final, led all competitors on the uneven bars with a score of 14.833 and a total score of 56.932.

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