In the women’s all-around final at the 2019 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships, Simone Biles secured an unprecedented fifth World title. Only one gymnast – Kohei Uchimura of Japan – has won more at six titles.
So, as she has made more history at the World Championships in Stuttgart, here’s a look back at all of her global all-around wins.
Where: World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar
When: Nov. 1, 2018
Runner-up: Mai Murakami, Japan
Memorable moments: During the entire 2018 World Championships, Biles was dealing with a kidney stone she nicknamed the ‘Doha Pearl.’ The stone sent her to the hospital just 24 hours before her first competition of the championships. It made no difference as she captured the all-around title by more than a point-and-a-half, overcoming falls on vault and beam.
History: First woman to win five World all-around titles.
Where: Games of the XXXI Olympiad in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
When: Aug. 11, 2016
Runner-up: Aly Raisman, USA
Memorable moments: In her previous all-around wins, Biles had typically been fairly stoic. But after completing her four-for-four competition in Rio, she ran into the arms of longtime coach Aimee Boorman and let out all her emotions. This one was different, and Biles showed that. When the score came up, she embraced team captain and best friend Raisman before sharing the podium with her.
History: First woman to win the Olympic title after taking three-straight World all-around titles. Extended the streak of American women’s all-around gold medals to four, something no other country has achieved.
Where: World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, United Kingdom
When: Oct. 29, 2015
Runner-up: Gabby Douglas, USA
Memorable moments: Despite an error on the balance beam in the third rotation, Biles was once again victorious in 2015. She shared the podium with the then-reigning Olympic all-around champion Gabby Douglas, and it was the only time that two African-American women claimed all-around medals together at the Worlds.
History: Biles won her third World title, something matched only by Russia’s Svetlana Khorkina (1997, 2001, 2003). She became the only woman to win three-consecutive with this win.
Where: World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Nanning, China
When: Oct. 10, 2014
Runner-up: Larisa Iordache, Romania
Memorable moments: During the awards ceremony, silver medallist Iordache pointed out a bee nearby and chaos ensued as Biles, Iordache and the USA’s Kyla Ross, third place, scrambled away.
History: Biles second title was the first time a woman had gone back-to-back since Khorkina won in 2001 and 2003 (there was no all-around final at the 2002 Worlds) and only the second time an American woman had accomplished the feat. Shannon Miller was the first, having taken the golds in 1993-94.
Where: World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Antwerp, Belgium
When: Oct. 4, 2013
Runner-up: Kyla Ross, USA
Memorable moments: En route to Biles’ four World titles and the Olympic gold in Rio, the American has only not led heading into the final rotation – floor exercise – once. In 2013, as competition reached its conclusion, Biles’ compatriot and eventual silver medallist Ross was the leader. A spectacular floor routine lifted her to the top of the podium and to her first World gold medal.
History: Her all-around win in 2013 was the beginning of the Biles era and put aside questions about her ability to deliver under pressure after a rocky 2013 American Cup and a disastrous U.S. Classic.