KATY, Texas – In a nail-biting competition that came down to the final rotation, Simone Biles (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) emerged with a victory Tuesday night at U.S. women’s Artistic World Championships and Pan American Games Selection camp.
With her first-place performance, Biles automatically qualified for the World Championships team that will compete September 30-October 8 in Antwerp, Belgium. The 19-time World Championships gold medalist will be making an unprecedented sixth appearance at the event.
Biles entered the final rotation in third position with 41.500, behind Kaliya Lincoln (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) in first with 41.900 and 2022 World all-around silver medalist Shi Jones (Auburn, Wash./Ascend Gymnastics Center) second with 41.800.
Both Jones and Biles were finishing the night on their strongest apparatus, with Jones on bars – where she also won 2022 World silver – and Biles on vault. When Biles over-rotated her Yurchenko double-pike on vault, scoring 14.550, the door opened for Jones, who several minutes later posted a 13.500 on bars after hitting her feet on the mat. The result gave Biles the win with 55.700, with Jones second with 55.300, and Skye Blakely (Frisco, Texas/WOGA Gymnastics) third with 55.000.
Joscelyn Roberson (Texarkana, Texas/World Champions Centre) finished fourth with 54.900, Leanne Wong (Overland Park, Kan./University of Florida) was fifth with 54.850, and Lincoln finished sixth with 54.350.
High scores on each apparatus were posted by Jade Carey (Phoenix, Ariz./Oregon State University) on vault (14.650), Zoe Miller (Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre) on bars (14.500), Blakely on beam (14.350) and Biles on floor (14.300).
On Wednesday night, USA Gymnastics will name the other five women who will comprise the World Championships roster, as well as naming five athletes to roster for the 2023 Pan American Games, October 21-25 in Santiago, Chile. Selections procedures for the World Championships are available here; Pan Am Games can be found here.
Competition on Wednesday will start earlier than previously announced. Featuring select routines, action on Wednesday begins at approximately 4:15 p.m. CT/5:15 p.m. ET and will be streamed live on Flipnow.tv. Viewers should log in as early as 4 p.m. CT/ 5 p.m. ET to ensure they catch all the action.
For results from the 2023 Women’s World Selection Camp, visit https://myusagym.com/meets/live/88258/