If Simone Biles’ mistakes on Thursday gave her teammates a glimmer of hope in the first night of the U.S. Championships, she quickly snatched it away on the final night.
Biles, the powerhouse gymnast who has reigned atop the sport for the past two years, sealed her third consecutive national title with a more characteristic dominating performance on Saturday at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
She became the first American woman to win three consecutive national titles since Kim Zmeskal in 1990-92.
Biles finished with a score of 124.100, improving her individual scores on three events after her performance on Thursday included a bobble on beam and a surprising fall on floor. Despite that, she still led a field that includes Fierce Fivers Gabby Douglas and Aly Raisman by 1.4 points going into Saturday night’s competition.
She won by 4.95 points, a virtual rout in a sport often decided by tenths of points and not whole ones. That came thanks in part to her vaulting where she nailed an Amanar, which is considered the toughest vault in the sport, on each night. Those gave her the highest scores of the competition – 16.250 on Thursday and 16.300 on Saturday.
Biles improved her overall score from 61.100 on the first night to 63.000 on Saturday.
Maggie Nichols all but assured herself of a spot on the team for World Championshipsin October, scoring 119.150 to finish second.
Raisman (118.550), Bailie Key (118.350) and Douglas (117.950) and finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
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