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Simone Biles off to a good start for a historic harvest of gymnastics medals

The American gymnast qualified for all the finals of the discipline. She is aiming for six gold medals in Tokyo.

The American gymnastics superstar Simone Biles qualified this Sunday, July 25 for the six finals of the program of the events of the Tokyo Olympic Games , and notably finished first in the all-around despite unusual errors in the one who had won five medals in Rio in 2016.

Biles, five Olympic medals and 19 world titles to his name, can therefore aim for six Olympic titles in the Japanese capital, which would allow him to exceed the record held in gymnastics by the Soviet Larissa Latynina of nine Olympic titles.

Biles will therefore be in contention in the team competition on Tuesday, in the all-around competition on Thursday, and on the four apparatus (vault, floor, beam, uneven bars) from August 1 to 3.

The American, however, narrowly snatched her qualification on the uneven bars, which were never her forte, finishing 8th and last qualified.

Rarely, Simone Biles, 24, finished 2nd on the floor, putting her feet outside the floor, an exit off the nails that she repeated on the jump which did not prevent her from finishing first.

On the ground, it was the Italian Vanessa Ferrari, 30, who signed the best score. 

On uneven bars, American Sunisa Lee finished first with 15,200 points and 2nd in the all-around, behind Biles. 

The Americans, title holders, qualified unsurprisingly for the team competition, but were beaten by the Russians (170.562 pts against 171.629 pts for the Russians). 3rd place went to the Chinese (166.863 pts).

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