Simone Biles leads U.S. women to record 7th straight team title at gymnastics world championships


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By SAMUEL PETREQUIN, Associated Press

United States’ Simone Biles competes on the beam during the women’s team final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Wed. Oct. 4, 2023. (Virginia Mayo/AP Photo)

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Simone Biles and her teammates were far from perfect, and yet nothing could stand in the way of a victory that set a record for both the U.S. women’s team and the greatest gymnast in history.

The U.S. women earned a record seventh consecutive team title at the gymnastics world championships on Wednesday night. For Biles, it was also her 33rd major championship medal — across the worlds and Olympics — to make her the most decorated female gymnast ever.

And it’s fitting that it came in Antwerp, the Belgian port city where Biles came to international prominence 10 years ago by winning her first world title in 2013.

“It wasn’t Team USA’s best day,” Biles said. “It’s crazy, we still pulled it out. So I’m really, really proud of the team.”

Read more about Team USA and Simone Biles’ win today here.

Read about Alice Coachman’s legacy as the first black woman to win an Olympic gold medal.

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