Simone Biles, quadruple reigning Olympic champion, won her qualification for the Tokyo Games on Sunday at the US selections in St Louis. But, for the first time since 2013, she was beaten in an all-around.
The US Olympic selections, which took place in St Louis (Missouri), ended Sunday with the qualification of Simone Biles for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). The selections actually consisted of two general competitions, contested on Friday and Sunday.
For the second, Biles (57.533 points) was beaten by Sunisa Lee (58.166 pts), conceding her first defeat in a competition since 2013.
On Sunday, the American gym star fell off the beam and was generally far from her usual level. But the four-time Olympic champion in Rio de Janeiro in 2016 ( individual and team all-around , jump , floor ) was never really in doubt either. And, in the combined classification of the two competitions, Biles still finished at the top of the selections.
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Her score of 118.098 points (with just over 60 pts on Friday) earned her one of two automatic qualifiers for Tokyo, where she will be a headliner for the American team. Simone Biles edged Sunisa Lee (115.832 pts), who will make her Olympic debut, at 18.
The other qualifiers are Jordan Chiles and Grace McCallum in the Olympic team, as well as Jade Carey and MyKayla Skinner as individuals. All will participate in their first Games.
Biles, one of hundreds of gymnasts sexually abused by former Olympic team doctor Larry Nassar in a scandal that rocked American gymnastics , said it took time to rediscover his love of sport.
“ Everything that I’ve been through with the federation and rediscovering the love of the sport and just being Simone, it’s been a long way until now ,” she told NBC. The path has been surreal. […] I’m old, I feel like I have a lot of wisdom […] , so I just want everyone to stay cool and calm and collected. “
In St Louis, Simone Biles was entitled to a “standing ovation” from the public. “ ‘Was so nice, ” she commented. The 24-year-old Biles will be the oldest American female gymnast in Tokyo since Annia Hatch (26) and Mohini Bhardwaj (25) at the 2004 Athens Games.