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US Champion Biles Leads at Gymnastics Worlds

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Simone Biles used superb floor and vault exercises to sweep past U.S. teammate Kyla Ross Wednesday and take the provisional lead in all-around qualifying at the world gymnastics championships. Biles was the only gymnast to break the 60-point mark with 60.133, leaving overnight leader Ross well behind with 59.198 in second place overall. With only one of five qualifying groups left, Yao Jinnan of China was in third at 57.965. "She did an excellent job. She handled her temper and was aggressive," U.S. coach Martha Karolyi said of Biles. "She even can do a better job." Even though the top 24 go through and all start from scratch in the all-around, the wobbly performance of 2010 champion and title favorite Aliya Mustafina drew much attention as the Russian finished nearly three points behind Biles with 57.165. The women's all-around final is Friday, one day after Japan's Kohei Uchimura is seeking to become the first men's four-time all-around world champion in the...
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