American gymnast Simone Biles became the most decorated female gymnast in the history of the sport after winning her 21st gold medal at the world gymnastics championships in Germany on Tuesday.
The win helped propel the United States women’s team to its second-straight all-around title victory.
Biles’s medal puts her just two behind Vitaly Scherbo’s 23 medals, which is the all-time record for male or female gymnasts.
“I feel like I never think of records,” Biles told the Associated Press after the win. “I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country.”
The 22-year-old will be back on the mat competing for another medal Thursday in the championship’s individual all-around final. She says if she’s able to replicate her performance from earlier this week, she’ll be “more than happy.”
In addition to her record number of medals, Biles also successfully completed a historic triple-double on the floor, which will now be named the “Biles II” in honor of the superstar athlete.
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