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US women takes double in vault, Shirai wins floor

October 5, 2013
Associated Press

ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) — Defending champion McKayla Maroney of the United States beat all-around champion Simone Biles in the vault Saturday at the gymnastics world championships.

Maroney performed two daring vaults with poise and elegance to edge past Biles in the final. Maroney received 15.724 points, with Biles finishing with 15.595. Hong Un-jong of North Korea took bronze.

The U.S. won a second gold-silver double in as many days. On Friday night, Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross for a 1-2 U.S. finish in the all-around competition.

Earlier, 17 -year-old Kenzo Shirai twisted his way to the floor gold medal after the Japanese man became the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event final.

 
 

 

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