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It’s Another U.S. Classic Title For Simone Biles

By Paul D. Bowker | July 20, 2019, 10:03 p.m. (ET)

Simone Biles won the 2019 GK U.S. Classic all-around title on July 20, 2019 in Louisville, KY.


Simone Biles has won four Olympic gold medals.

She is the only woman to win four world all-around championships and five U.S. all-around titles.

And based on how she looked Saturday night in Louisville, Kentucky, she might be poised to add even more to those tallies soon.

The 22-year-old Biles won the U.S. Classic all-around title for the fourth time, this time by a massive two-point margin. Producing roars from the crowd with her high-flying routines, Biles won the event with 60.00 points, with Riley McCusker coming in second at 57.90 and Grace McCallum finishing third with 57.70.

“Today I am very satisfied,” Biles said.

Bouncing around the mat with an explosion of somersaults and leaps in the floor exercise, Biles had a score of 15.00, besting the competition by .75 points. She was just as dominant on vault, landing perfectly to score 15.65 for the highest score of the night in any discipline.

Biles also finished third on the balance beam with a score of 14.90 and fifth on the bars with a score of 14.45.

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Since winning four gold medals in the Olympic Games Rio 2016 to tie an Olympic record, Biles has won world and national all-around titles and put down a path toward the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. She’ll go for a record sixth U.S. all-around title next month in Kansas City, Missouri.

“It’s a little scary,” said Biles, who won five medals in her Olympic debut in Rio in 2016. “To repeat it is a little nerve-wracking.”

While Biles excelled in the annual U.S. Classic, she was not alone on a night of strong performances in a competition that also determined the U.S. squad for the 2019 Pan American Games, in addition to providing a preview for the 2020 U.S. Olympic Trials.

Kara Eaker, a 16-year-old who helped the U.S. team win the gold medal at the 2018 world championships, scored 15.40 to win the balance beam. McCusker, another member of the 2018 world team and a three-time medalist at the 2018 U.S. championships, was second, scoring 15.10. Morgan Hurd, a five-time world medalist who won the all-around world title in 2017, took the bars title Saturday with a score of 14.70.

MyKayla Skinner, a 2016 Olympic alternate who put her collegiate career at Utah on hold to make another run at the Olympics, tied for the second best vault score Saturday at 14.90, while also finishing 11th on balance beam and 14th on floor exercise.

Jade Carey, a two-time world silver medalist in 2017 who is aiming to qualify for Tokyo using a new individual qualification format, placed 10th in the all-around, tying for the second best scores on floor (14.25) and vault (14.90).

After the competition, USA Gymnastics announced it’s five-woman team for the upcoming Pan American Games, with Hurd, McCusker, Eaker, Aleah Finnegan and Leanne Wong set to compete in Lima, Peru, with Shilese Jones serving as the alternate. The Pan Am Games begin July 26. Eight women, not including Biles, were competing for the five Pan Ams spots.

Paul D. Bowker has been writing about Olympic sports since 1996, when he was an assistant bureau chief in Atlanta. He is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.

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