Biles secures hat-trick despite flawed performance

Reuters News
Posted: Oct 29, 2015 4:59 PM

GLASGOW (Reuters) - A big wobble on the beam and tumble out of bounds on the floor could not wipe the megawatt smile off Simone Biles' face as the American became the first woman to win three straight all-around titles at the gymnastics world championships on Thursday.

A woman who is used to churning out flawless displays day-in and day-out made mistakes on her three strongest apparatus as she also took a giant hop forward from her Amanar vault landing.

But with her routines packed with such high levels of gravity-defying difficulty, her flawed performances were still enough to edge out fellow American and Olympic champion Gabby Douglas by 1.083 points.

The 18-year-old, who has been unbeaten in the event at the worlds since making her debut in 2013, captured gold with a combined total of 60.399. Romania's Larisa Iordache claimed bronze.

(Reporting by Pritha Sarkar, editing by Toby Davis)