GLASGOW, Scotland – Simone Biles didn’t look quite like her dominant self on Thursday.
The best gymnast in the world for the past two years, Biles took a step on her vault landing – where she normally sticks – and a bobble on balance beam.
It didn’t matter.
Biles beat reigning Olympic champion Gabby Douglas to win her third consecutive all-around title at the world championships, making her the first ever female gymnast to do so. Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina previously won three, but not in succession.
Biles scored 60.388 to edge out Douglas, her American teammate, by 1.083 points. It was the biggest margin of any of her three titles. Romania’s Larisa Iordache scored 59.10 to take bronze.
Douglas, meanwhile, became the first reigning Olympic all-around champion to win a medal in the world championships since the Soviet Union’s Elena Davydova in 1981.
While Douglas took time off after winning all-around gold in the London Olympics, Biles became the world’s most dominant gymnast.