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Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas Grab Gymnastics Gold, Silver

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Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas after the women's all-around final competition at the World Artistic Gymnastics championships at the SSE Hydro Arena in Glasgow, Scotland,  (AP Photo/Matthias Schrader)

By    |   Friday, 30 Oct 2015 11:11 AM

Simone Biles became the first woman to win three consecutive titles at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships on Thursday, while her teammate, defending Olympic champion Gabby Douglas, took second place — an altogether victorious night for USA Gymnastics.

According to NBC Sports, Biles won by 1.083 points over Douglas, the largest margin of victory of her three title wins. With the new win, Biles, who hasn't lost a meet in over 2 years, has arguably become the greatest female gymnast of all time. 

"On beam, I think I gave the whole world a heart attack, as well as myself out there," Biles said in a post-competition interview, referring to her near-fall on the balance beam. "Then floor, I had never gone out of bounds, but I guess there is a first for everything."

"It’s such an honor, especially coming from the United States," she added. "We strive for greatness."

Douglas said of her silver medal, "I’ll take it."

"I really wanted to prove everyone that my comeback was real. It wasn’t fake. It wasn’t for the fame," she explained.

After taking two years off following her Olympic all-around title, Douglas' silver medal win on Thursday made her the first female reigning Olympic champion to return to the medal stand since Yelena Davydova in 1981.

Both Biles and Douglas are favored to make the five-woman U.S. Olympic team come trials in July.

"I’ve got to add those upgrades in and hopefully be on top," Douglas said in a USA Gymnastics interview, referring to her routine.



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