Video: Simone Biles Wins Gold in Balance Beam at 2023 World Gymnastics Championships

Video: Simone Biles Wins Gold in Balance Beam at 2023 World Gymnastics Championships

US' Simone Biles competes in the Women's Balance Beam Final during the 52nd FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships, in Antwerp, northern Belgium, on October 8, 2023. (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD / AFP) (Photo by KENZO TRIBOUILLARD/AFP via Getty Images)

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Simone Biles has added another gold to her collection.

Biles earned a 14.800 score on her balance beam routine at Sunday’s World Championships, narrowly defeating China’s Zhou Yaqin.

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The gold is Biles’ third at the 2023 World Championships and gives her a record 36 total medals between the worlds and Olympic Games.

Her triumph in Antwerp has been nothing short of amazing. At age 26, she already became the oldest woman to win a U.S. championship earlier this year and is setting all kinds of American age records at the worlds.

The return to the world stage was anything but given at her age and especially after a two-year hiatus following the 2021 Summer Olympics. She dealt with a mental health block known colloquially as the “twisties,” which leave gymnasts unable to properly control themselves in the air.

Following the Olympics, it appeared more likely that Biles would retire than return to international competition—let alone return to her perch as the best in the world.

Instead, it appears the break was just what she needed. Biles has been dominant since her return to the sport and has locked herself in as a favorite to add more gold medals to her mantle next summer in Paris.

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