Biles jaw dropping moves help US top World Gymnastics qualifier

On the second day of women’s qualification, Simone Biles had a massive all-round qualifying score of 59.432 which was 2.266 points more than the second-best.

Simone Biles of USA performs on Balance Beam during Women's Qualification.   -  GETTY IMAGES

American gymnast Simone Biles has led her team with her breathtaking moves in securing the top spot with a comfortable margin at the World Gymnastics.

On the second day of women’s qualification on Saturday, Biles had a massive all-round qualifying score of 59.432 which was 2.266 points more than the second-best, her countrywoman Sunisa Lee.

Biles topped in the floor and beam, came second in the vault and stood seventh in the uneven bars.

Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France was at the third spot with 56.782 points who was topped Day 1 of qualification.

The two American stars helped the US (174.205) score 5.044 points more than China at the second spot and top qualify for Tuesday’s team final.


Biles stunned the audiences when she performed two original jaw-dropping moves. She first completed a triple-double move on the floor which involves a double backflip with three twists. And then, she did a double-double dismount on beam, performing a double backflip with two twists.

The skills have been named after Biles by the International Federation of Gymnastics(FIG), but the difficulty value assigned to those skills-- despite the American being the only gymnast to perform them-- has caused controversy. The USA Gymnastics Federation, on Friday, released a detailed statement disagreeing with the FIG's assessment.

The 22-year-old star, who already has two moves named after her, has won 14 world titles and four Olympic golds.

Indian gymnasts do not make finals

India's vault specialist  Pranati Nayak stood 127th in the all-around event with a combined score of 45.832. She finished 27th, third from the bottom, in the vault event with a score of 12.950 from her two vault. Another Indian Pranati Das finished 132nd in the all-around qualification with a total score of 45.248.

India's third gymnast, Budda Reddy Aruna competed in the balance beam event and finished 164th with a score of 10.200.

Apart from USA, China and Russia -- the teams which have already qualified for the Olympic team event from last year's Worlds -- France, Canada, Netherlands, Great Britain, Italy, Germany, Belgium, Japan and Spain have booked a place at Tokyo 2020.

Here is the list of individual women gymnasts who have qualified for the 2020 Olympics:

Flavia Saraiva (Brazil), Giulia Steingruber (Switzerland), Georgia Godwin (Australia), Diana Varinska (Ukraine), Lee Yunseo (South Korea), Zsofia Kovacs (Hungary), Martina Dominici (Argentina), Alexa Moreno (Mexico), Danusia Francis (Jamaica), Kim Su Jong (North Korea), Aneta Holasova (Czech Rep), Marcia Vidiaux (Cuba), Maria Holbura (Romania), Elisa Hämmerle (Austria), Anastasia Alistratava (Belarus), Farah Ann Abdul Hadi (Malaysia), Mandy Mohamed (Egypt), Nazli Savranbasi (Turkey), Barbora Mokosova (Slovakia), Filipa Martins (Portugal).
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