Dominant Biles wins Olympic trials, qualifies for Rio

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Posted: Jul 10, 2016 11:28 PM

By Steve Keating

SAN JOSE, California (Reuters) - Simone Biles recorded yet another crushing victory at the U.S. Olympic women's gymnastics trials on Sunday, sending a clear message to her rivals that Rio Games gold is her next target.

The three-time reigning world all-around champion who has not lost a major competition since 2013, will lead a powerhouse U.S. squad into Rio that includes London Olympic gold medalists and 'Fierce Five' team mates Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman, 16-year-old Lauren Hernandez and Madison Kocian, the reigning world champion on uneven bars.

Already in the discussion as the greatest gymnast of all-time, Biles punched her ticket to Rio in what has become typically ruthless style outdistancing the rest of the elite 14-woman field by a whopping 2.100 points.

Competing on four different apparatus twice, Biles finished with a two-day total score of 123.250 while Hernandez was second on 121.150 and Raisman third 119.750.

MyKayla Skinner was fourth and Ragan Smith fifth but did not make the five-member Rio squad, team selectors instead opting for a struggling Douglas, the reigning Olympic all-around champion, who finished well back in seventh and uneven bar specialist Kocian, in eighth.

(Editing by Amlan Chakraborty)