Simone Biles wins fifth world multiple title by record margin!
And there it is. Simone Biles becomes the first and only woman to win five world titles. She has gone beyond the limits of her triple and double double, but still manages to earn 2,100 points (the same as Rio) and break her own women's record for winning World Championships according to the Points Code.
China's Tang Xijing won silver (56,899) and Russia's Angelina Melnik won bronze (56,399).
Suni Lee's beautiful floor routine earns a mark of 14,200. The total of 55,632 drives him to seventh, with Biles still going. And here comes Simone, who only needs 12,300 to win the fifth world title.
Oh no. Canadian Ellie Black has fallen heavily on landed Rudi and appears to have injured her right foot. He comes down from the floor with an assist. A cheeky decision to step into his heavier vault at his sole chance of a podium. She fights back tears while being coached by her coach. Her score of 13,533 placed her third (56,232) with Biles and Lee ahead.
Tang Xijing, a replacement for Liu Tingting's injuries, made the most of his opportunity today. She has just completed a wonderful floor routine – clean with wonderful jumps and a fantastic landing – for a total rating of 56,899. This means that Biles will need more than 12,310 to win the title, which should not be a problem.
Rank after third rotation
Biles has complete command of one rotation, but the race for the other two podium stands is wide open on an unexpected afternoon. (You can see the whole order here.)
1 Simone Biles USA 44,599
2 Tang Xijing CHN 43299
3 Nina Derwael BEL 42.433
4 Angelina Melnikova RUS 42.333
5 Li Shijia CHN 41,799
6 Ellie Black CAN 41,666
7 Sunisa Lee USA 41,432
8 Elisabeth Seitz GER 41.399
Suni Lee hit her beam routine with a score of 13.833. NBC makes the mystifying decision not to show it, climbing to seventh with just a floor exercise.
Chinese national teammate Tang Xijing scored 14,600 on the beam, with an almost flawless set, just 0.033 from Biles' score. He'll play for the podium if he manages to outsmart his 13,500 on the floor since Tuesday's finals. Also in the sport of medals is Russian Angelina Melnikova, who scores 14,000 with one of her best workout routines.
Another outstanding set by Simone Biles on the beam. Even without a double-interlaced double disassembly, she scored 14,633, remaining in the wood thanks to FIG. She doubled her lead to 2,166 points and can eclipse a 60-point plateau from 15,401 on the floor (which posted 15,333 in the team finals on Tuesday). Derwael stays one step away from second place with 13,500 on the floor.
Rank after second rotation
We are halfway home and Biles leads by more than a point over Belgian Nina Derwael. Suni Lee fell to ninth (27,599), Giorgia Villa to 11th (26,966) and Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos to 16th (26,566) after their mistakes in the second rotation. (You can see the whole order here.)
1 Biles USA 29,966
2 Derwael BEL 28,933
3 Tang CHN 28,699
4 Melnikova RUS 28.333
5 black CAN 28.133
6 Seitz GER 28.099
7 Li CHN 27.799
8 MUST BE 27,732
9 Lee USA 27,599
10 Saraiva BRA 27,333
Brazilian Flavia Saraiva turns in a beautiful routine, posting the highest score ever, 14,033. Otherwise, the French Mélanie de Jesus dos Santos descends from the bars on Tkachevo and another time on Bhardwaj.
Another stellar Simone Biles routine on bumpy straps. It is hard to believe that this was once considered a weakness. She has incredible heights and nails double double disassembly. Simply an amazing job from HEAD. It has 14,733 …
… and the relentless pride of her boyfriend.
Canadian Ellie Black begins her second rotation with a solid-beam routine, reaching 14,000. A moment after that, American Suni Lee is a little too far out on the loose and entering the bars, where she excelled this year. She finishes the routine, but it's a big hit on her score: 13,133 will hurt her chances of a podium.
Rank after first rotation
Here's your leader after the first rotation (and other dazzling floor routine of Canada's Brooklyn Moors).
1 Simone Biles USA 15,233
2 Nina Derwael BEL 15,200
3 Elisabeth Seitz GER 14,866
4 Melanie De Jesus Dos Santos FRA 14,633
5 Sunisa Lee USA 14,466
6 Li Shijia CHN 14,433
– Angelina Melnikova RUS 14,433
8 Giorgia Villa ITA 14,333
And here we go! Here's Suni Lee, a 16-year-old from Minnesota in her first year as a senior gymnast, who came in second in qualifying last week and has the best chance of doing anything like putting pressure on Biles today. He is off to an excellent start with 14.466 on the vault after a small jump at the end.
Here's your start day. Biles will start at the vault, with crossbars, beam and floor.
The Biles outperformed the qualifiers by 2,266 points, a victory higher than any in the competition's history. But the result is set to zero for today's finals.
Hello and welcome to Stuttgart for today's individual women's finals at the World Gymnastics Championships. All eyes are on Simone Biles as the American looks to win her fifth straight in the varsity title at her likely World Cup final. The American is a prohibitive favorite today with last year's silver and bronze medals – Japan's Mai Murakami and American Morgan Hurd – who didn't compete this time.
As we wait for the first rotation in about 15 minutes, here is Dvor Meyers why Biles is even better than her results say.