Biles leaps into history

Winning a championship sporting event takes practice, skill and determination. But to win four championships in a row, it takes a certain level of expertise and consistency — just ask Simone Biles.

The 19-year-old gymnast just recorded her highest scores ever at the Sunday, June 26 gymnastics showdown, says the Huffington Post, making her “the first woman in more than 40 years to win four consecutive U.S. women’s gymnastics championships.”

Posting at two-day all-around score of 125.000, Biles not only topped her previous high-score of 124.100 from last year, the Huffington Post says she “matched the four straight titles won by Joan Moore Gnat in 1971-74.”

Her closest competitor: two-time London Olympics gold medalist Aly Raisman, who was four points behind Biles with a score of 121.000, according to HuffPost. The top-five gymnasts included Lauren Hernandez (120.500) in third, Gabby Douglas (117.800) in fourth and Madison Kocian (116.450) in fifth, says HuffPost.

HuffPost reports, “The top-five finishers, along with Amelia Hundley, Alyssa Baumann and 15-year-old Ragan Smith earned automatic berths to the U.S. Olympic Team Trials in San Jose in two weeks, when the official five-woman team for the Rio Games will be named.”


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