Biles and Uchimura clock up 10th world golds

Sun Nov 1, 2015 6:30pm EST
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By Pritha Sarkar

GLASGOW (Reuters) - The days of scooping a perfect 10 in gymnastics are long gone, even for Simone Biles and Kohei Uchimura, but both cemented their places among the greats by claiming their 10th world titles on Sunday.

Already considered the finest gymnasts of this generation, and possibly ever -- with Biles now holding a record number of world golds for a woman -- the two all-around champions once again showed their ability to produce 24-karat-winning routines.

American Biles maintained her poise during a mesmerizing balance beam display to obliterate the opposition with a score of 15.358, more than a point ahead of Dutchwoman Sanne Wevers.

While wobbles and falls littered the programs of the seven other finalists, with four gymnasts slipping off the beam, Biles was rock solid as she spun around 900 degrees on her right toes.

She flew through her other acrobatic flips and when she nailed her full-twisting double back somersault dismount, it was game over for the others.

An hour later she was back to dazzle again with a hip-swinging floor-exercise.

Her explosive tumbling passes -- which included her trademark soaring double layout with half twist at the end -- and sassy moves were beautifully choreographed to the music of 'Perhaps, perhaps, perhaps'.

After a score of 15.800 earned her a fourth title in Scotland, the 18-year-old might consider employing the services of a bodyguard as she heads back to her Texan home with a heavy load of precious metal.   Continued...

Simone Biles of the U.S. competes during her floor routine in the women's apparatus final at the World Gymnastics Championships at the Hydro arena in Glasgow, Scotland, November 1, 2015. REUTERS/Russell Cheyne