Artistic Gymnastics – 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships – Women’s Balance Beam Final – Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany – October 13, 2019 Simone Biles of the U.S. in action REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay
(Reuters) – American Simone Biles clinched a record 24th medal at the world gymnastics championships on Sunday, becoming the most decorated athlete in the event’s history.
The 22-year-old’s fourth gold medal of the week in Stuttgart, in the balance beam final, ensures she has now overtaken Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s tally of 23.
Four-time Olympic champion Biles now holds 18 gold medals across four championships against 12 for Scherbo, who competed in five world events between 1991 and 1996.
Inside a packed arena in Stuttgart, Biles delivered a polished routine on the beam before a full twisting double tuck dismount for a score of 15.066.
Last year’s winner Liu Tingting of China took silver with 14.433, while team mate Li Shijia won the bronze.
Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; editing by Clare Fallon