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Simone Biles wins record 8th US gymnastics title, a decennium after her first

Simone Biles, at the US Gymnastics Championships, won her eighth all-around title, shattering a record that had stood for 90 years.

After taking a two-year break from competition to focus on her mental health, the four-time Olympic champion won less than a month after making a comeback.

The 26-year-old took first place, with a floor routine score of 15.400 and an overall score of 118.450, 3.9 points ahead of Shilese Jones.

Biles moves ahead of Alfred Jochim, who claimed his seventh US title in 1933.

She was the only competitor to finish the two days of competition in San Jose with two scores of 15 or higher, having taken control of the event with 15.700 on the vault on Friday.

Biles first became US all-around champion in 2013 and matched Jochim’s record in 2021.

She took a break from gymnastics later that year after withdrawing from five of her six finals at the postponed Tokyo Olympics.

Later, she revealed that she had been suffering from “the twisties,” a mental block that can cause gymnasts to lose their sense of space in the air.

Biles has yet to say whether she plans to compete at the Olympics in Paris in 2016. However, she did manage to win a bronze medal on the balance beam and a team silver in Tokyo.

However, she is anticipated to compete in the World Championships, which will be held in Antwerp from September 30 to October 8, when she will have the opportunity to add to her collection of 25 world medals, including 19 golds.

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