A day after claiming her second world all-around gymnastics title, Simone Biles added a silver medal to her collection with her second-place performance in the vault final. Biles, who helped lead Team USA to the team gold medal earlier this week at the 2014 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China, now has three medals from this event.
Biles, who now has won seven world championship medals in her still young career, has a chance to win two more medals as she qualified for the balance beam and floor exercise event finals, which will be held Sunday. Alicia Sacramone holds the U.S. record for the most medals won at world championship meets with 10.
"I feel awesome,” Biles said. “I just wanted to come in and place in the top three."
Biles, who had one hop on the dismount on her first vault, said, "I felt I did pretty good. I am still disappointed in how I did the first vault because those have been so good in training, but other than that, I'm happy."
Biles performed two vaults; the first, with a difficult Amanar, scored a 15.900. Her second vault scored a 15.208, giving her an average score of 15.554. MyKayla Skinner, who was a key part in helping Team USA to the gold medal in the team event, had a final average of 15.366 in the vault final, which was strong enough for a bronze medal. Hong Un Jong, the reigning Olympic vault champion from North Korea, won the vault title with an average of 15.599 points.
For Biles, the silver marked her second on vault at the world championships. She finished second to U.S. teammate McKayla Maroney in 2013.
Competing in the uneven bars final, American Ashton Locklear scored 15.266 and missed taking home a bronze medal by 0.017 points.
In the men’s event finals, Jake Dalton placed fourth in the men’s floor exercise final, and Alex Naddour was sixth on the pommel horse. Earlier in the week, the Team USA captured the bronze medal in the team event.
Dalton, Danell Leyva and Donnell Whittenburg will have one more shot at winning medals in China. Dalton qualified for the vault final, Leyva, the 2011 parallel bars world champion, and Whittenburg are set to compete in the parallel bars.
Kyla Ross, a member of the “Fierce Five” team that won the Olympic gold medal in London and who earned a bronze medal in the all-around competition at these worlds, qualified for the balance beam final. Skinner will compete on floor.
Amy Rosewater is a freelance writer and editor for TeamUSA.org. She has covered five Olympic Games and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post and USA Today.