Simone Bileserforms on vault at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct. 05, 2019 in Stuttgart, Germany.
The U.S. women’s gymnastics team will go for its fifth consecutive world championship title, and Simone Biles will be going for medals in every event following Saturday’s qualifying round at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Not surprisingly, the U.S. qualified as a team in first place with 174.205 points, with China coming in second with 169.161 points and Russia in third with 168.080. Since ending Romania’s streak of five team gold medals in a row with its win in 2003, Team USA has won every team title but one, with Russia taking gold in 2010. The team event is not contested every third year.
Biles, meanwhile, became the first American to win medals in every single event at the world championships in 2018, and she’ll have the chance to do it again this year. The 22-year-old five-time Olympic medalist qualified first overall in the all-around with 59.432 points, second on vault with a score of 15.199, seventh on uneven bars with a 14.733, first on balance beam with a score of 14.800 and first on the floor with a score of 14.833.
In the qualifying round, each team used four athletes on each apparatus with only the top three scores counting. The results of qualifying were then used to determine which eight countries go on to the team final, which athletes (maximum of two per country out of the top 24) go to the all-around final and who advances to the individual event finals (top eight per event. maximum two per country).
Joining Biles in the all-around will be Sunisa Lee, 16, the all-around silver medalist at nationals this year who’s making her senior world championship debut. Lee finished second in qualifying behind Biles with a score of 57.166. Grace McCallum was fifth overall with a score of 55.906 but only two athletes per country can compete. Lee will also compete in the final on uneven bars after qualifying third overall with a score of 15.000 as well as the floor exercise where she was again second to Biles with a score of 14.200.
Jade Carey was the top qualifier on the vault with a 15.200 and will compete in the individual final. Kara Eaker will be the first alternate on the balance beam after finishing in 10th place with a 13.466.