Simone Biles Lands Historic Vault Amid International Competition Return

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Simone Biles made history during her return to international gymnastics competition.

On Sunday (October 1), Biles became the first woman to land a highly complicated vault, the most difficult jump on the women's scoring card at the 2023 World Gymnastic Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, per NBC News.

The vault was given a difficulty score of 6.4 points ahead of this year's championship. Last year, the most challenging vault performed held a score of 5.6.

Biles landed in first place at the end of her qualifying session, posting an all-around score of 58.865. Team USA, which includes Shilese Jones, Skye Blakely, Leanne Wong, Joscelyn Roberson, and alternate Kayla DiCello, earned a qualifying score of 171.395.

The gymnastic star accomplished the historic feat at her first international competition since the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. The accomplishment also comes on the heels of the U.S. Gymnastics championship, where Biles claimed a record eighth all-around title.

Biles and her team will continue their pursuit for gold in the women's team final at the World Gymnastics Championship on Wednesday (October 4).

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