Biles by miles: U.S. gymnast claims record fifth all-around world title

Artistic Gymnastics - 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships - Women's All Around Final - Hanns-Martin-Schleyer-Halle, Stuttgart, Germany - October 10, 2019 Simone Biles of the U.S. on the floor apparatus REUTERS/Wolfgang Rattay

(Reuters) - American Simone Biles became the first woman to win five all-around titles at the gymnastics world championships in Stuttgart on Thursday.

The victory represents Biles’ 16th gold medal at the worlds as she added to her all-around world titles she won in 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2018.

Needing 12.301 in floor exercise to reclaim her title in the final rotation, Biles scored 14.400 points to finish with an overall score of 58.999 -- beating China’s Tang Xijing by a huge margin of 2.100.

The 22-year-old Biles is now just one short of Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo’s record haul of 23 medals - a milestone she could surpass by the end of the individual events at the championships this weekend.

Tang finished with a score of 56.899 to claim silver on her championships debut, while Russia’s Angelina Melnikova took bronze with 56.399.

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis