Simone Biles wins 23rd World Championship medal to tie record

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Simone Biles won a 23rd career World Artistic Gymnastics Championship medal by claiming gold in the vault to tie the overall record with Vitaly Scherbo.

The American's flawless display in Stuttgart, which earned a score of 15.399, clinched a 17th world gold, with compatriot Jade Carey a distant second with 14.883.

It means Biles levels the benchmark for any gymnast, male or female, set by Scherbo and comes just two days after she became the first woman to win five all-around world titles.

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Biles had the opportunity to take the record outright in the uneven bars final but could only place fifth in an event won by Derwael Nina.

However, the 22-year-old will have two more opportunities on Sunday when the balance beam and floor exercise finals take place, events in which she is favorite to triumph.


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