Simone Biles Makes History By Winning Every Event At World Gymnastics Championships – Your Black World

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By: Victor Ochieng

Simone Biles made history to become the first American to win a medal in every event at the World Gymnastics Championship, in Doha, Qatar, to take home six medals.

It is barely a year after she returned to gymnastics, and already she has dominated the finals on Saturday. Reports have that during the event finals, she, “capped a remarkable 2018 world gymnastics championships by claiming gold on floor exercise and bronze on balance beam during event finals on Saturday, giving her six medals for the meet and 20 over all in world championships, tied with Svetlana Khorkina of Russia for the most by a female gymnast.”

What is more amazing is the fact that Biles was hospitalized the day before the competitions with a kidney stone. That night before the competition, she was in pain from the kidney stone which was too big to pass, and the doping regulations also meant she could not take prescription pain medication. The only choice she had was to deal with it. She dubbed the stone, “Doha pearl” according to TheGrio.

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Despite the pain, the 21-year-old did not only deal with the problem but instead went ahead to dominate the world gymnastics championship in Doha, to show just why she remains the Olympic champion.

She said after the finals, “I think there’s a lot to be proud of, but I’m most proud of that I’m here, I made all the event finals, medaled in all of the events and I survived.”

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TheGrio reports that Biles’, “Saturday world gymnastics performance comes two years after Biles dominated the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, earning five medals, including four golds. She won gold in the individual all-around, team all-around, floor exercise and vault and bronze in the balance beam, although failed to medal on the uneven bars. After that performance, Biles took a year off from gymnastics.”

And speaking of her decision to take time off back then, she says, “just saying, I get to decide when I have a disappointing performance. Not yall over a year out of the sport. Barely a year back in and my first big competition. I’m proud of myself!”

Biles is confident that she still has greater heights to conquer, calling this just the beginning. She plans to visit the doctors and get medication for the kidney stone, then after going for a short vacation before finally focusing on 2019.

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She said, “Hopefully I feel more confident next year going into all of the events. We’ll see about upgrades. I’m not sure. We’ll see.”

Biles also addressed the matter of people’s expectations on her and their negative comments whenever she does not meet those expectations. She said, “I think it’s upsetting to me whenever I see all the tweets after I do performances of how disappointed they are in me. It’s not fair because they can’t set expectations on me. I have to set them for myself.”

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