Biles wins third straight women's World all-around title
posted on 10/29/2015

© John Cheng

GLASGOW, Great Britain, Oct. 29, 2015 – Simone Biles of Spring, Texas/World Champions Centre, became the first woman in history to win three straight World all-around titles tonight at the 2015 World Gymnastics Championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Great Britain. 2012 Olympic all-around champion Gabrielle Douglas of Virginia Beach, Va./Buckeye Gymnastics, was the silver-medalist, giving the USA the first one-two finish since 2013. Danell Leyva of Miami./Team Hilton (Universal Gymnastics) will compete in the men’s all-around finals on Oct. 30 at 6:10 p.m. local/2:10 p.m. ET. Fans in the U.S. can watch coverage of Team USA, presented by AT&T, live on

Biles clinched her third World all-around crown with a 60.399. Douglas was second with a 59.316, and Romania’s Larisa Iordache was third at 59.107.

While Biles is the first to get three in a row, she is joins Svetlana Khorkina (1997, 2001, 2003) with three all-around titles. With her two 2015 gold medals, Biles now has the most World gold medals of any U.S. gymnast with eight. Her 11 total medals surpasses Alicia Sacramone’s 10 for the most World medals by an U.S. athlete. Douglas is the first reigning women’s Olympic all-around champion to return to the Worlds and win a medal in the all-around since 1981. Elena Davydova took bronze in 1981 after winning at the 1980 Olympic Games in Moscow.

Both Biles and Douglas were in the same rotation and began on vault. Douglas started the competition off with a nearly stuck Yurchenko double full for a 15.300. Biles performed an Amanar vault and received a 15.833, the highest score in the first rotation.

On the uneven bars, Biles opened with a Weiler-half to Maloney. She swung smoothly through a piked Tkatchev to Pak salto combination before nailing her tucked, full-twisting double back dismount for a 14.900. Douglas soared through the air on her piked Tkatchev to Pak sequence to open. On the low bar, she performed a piked stalder Higgins to el-grip Endo half pirouette combination into a stalder Shaposhnikova. She earned a 15.033. At the end of the rotation, Biles stayed in first with 30.733, followed by Douglas at 30.333. China’s Shang Chunsong was in third at 29.866.

On the balance beam, Biles opened with a squat turn two-and-a-half and nearly flawless barani. Then, she saved a punch front in the middle of her routine but recovered well, finishing with a nearly stuck full-in dismount for a 14.400. Douglas opened with a piked front flip and a back handspring, layout step-out series. She was clean on a standing full that gave her grief in the qualifying round. Dismounting with a double pike, she also posted a 14.400. Biles held on to first with a 45.133 total, with Douglas right behind her at 44.733. Chunsong in third at 44.399.

For the floor exercise, Douglas controlled the landings of all four of her tumbling passes well, adding a stag jump out of her Arabian double mount and wolf jump to her full-in second pass, scoring a 14.583. Biles was the final competitor, and she wowed the crowd with her routine that included her first pass of a full-twisting double layout. Her second pass, the Biles, has a double layout half out, followed by her tucked double twisting double back third pass. She finished the routine with a full twisting double back and earned a 15.266.

Ways to follow the action
Here's a quick overview of the ways to watch and follow the U.S. Team's performances at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, Scotland. Due to daylight saving time, from Oct. 19-24 and Nov. 1, Glasgow will be five hours ahead of the U.S. Eastern time zone. From Oct. 25-31, Glasgow will be four hours ahead of the Eastern time zone. For more information on the World Championships and the complete online and television schedule, go to All coverage of the World Championships is presented by AT&T.


  • Live streaming of the six finals sessions will be available on and
    • Oct. 30, men’s all-around final, 2:10 p.m. ET
    • Oct. 31, individual event finals (men’s floor exercise, pommel horse, still rings; women’s vault, uneven bars), 9:30 a.m. ET
    • Nov. 1, individual event finals (men’s vault, parallel bars, horizontal bar; women’s balance beam, floor exercise), 8:30 a.m. ET
  • Universal Sports Network will air each finals session of the World Championships daily at 8 p.m. ET Oct. 27-30 and Nov. 1 and at 8:30 p.m. on Oct. 31. The network’s broadcast team includes Olympic gold medalists Bart Conner and Amanda Borden.
  • NBC will broadcast delayed Worlds coverage on Oct. 31 at 2:30 p.m. and Nov. 1 at 12 p.m., with commentary from NBC Sports Group’s gymnastics team of Tim Daggett, 1984 Olympic team gold medalist, Nastia Liukin, 2008 Olympic all-around champion, and Al Trautwig.
  • USA Gymnastics will provide enhanced coverage from Glasgow, including results, photos, interviews and the webcast. Fans can also follow the action on Facebook,, and Twitter, @usagym, #FIGWorlds2015ART or #USAGymWorlds.
  • Live scoring. The International Gymnastics Federation provides live scoring from its World Championships. For more information and access, go to