Simone Biles moved onto 25 medals at the World Championships on Sunday, making her the most decorated gymnast in the competition's history.

Having surpassed Vitaly Scherbo's record haul of 23 World Championship medals with gold on the balance beam in Stuttgart, the 22-year-old bettered her own record later in the day.

A fifth gold of this year's edition of the competition followed - Biles producing a superb 15.133 to overcome teenager Sunisa Lee and triumph in the floor final.

Biles won four gold medals and one bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics, with Sunday's victories taking her onto 30 medals in the World Championships and Olympics combined.

Her tally is four short of Scherbo's total, with the 2020 Tokyo games set to be Biles' last appearance at an Olympics.

Simone Biles won a 23rd career World Artistic Gymnastics Championship medal by claiming gold in the vault to tie the overall record with Vitaly Scherbo.

The American's flawless display in Stuttgart, which earned a score of 15.399, clinched a 17th world gold, with compatriot Jade Carey a distant second with 14.883.

It means Biles levels the benchmark for any gymnast, male or female, set by Scherbo and comes just two days after she became the first woman to win five all-around world titles.

Biles had the opportunity to take the record outright in the uneven bars final but could only place fifth in an event won by Derwael Nina.

However, the 22-year-old will have two more opportunities on Sunday when the balance beam and floor exercise finals take place, events in which she is favourite to triumph.

Simone Biles made history yet again on Thursday, becoming the first woman to win five all-around titles at the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Stuttgart.

Biles is the only woman with more than three such crowns and now boasts 22 career medals at the competition, just one shy of male star Vitaly Scherbo's overall record.

The 22-year-old's latest feat came as she scored 58.999 points after delivering four clean routines to finish 2.1 points ahead of China's Tang Xijing.

The win marked Biles' largest margin of victory at a World Championships all-around event, giving the United States seventh win in a row in the women's all-around to match the old Soviet Union's record streak.

The five-time Olympic champion is set to compete in all four event finals this weekend - the vault and bars, followed by the beam and floor - giving her the opportunity to surpass Scherbo.

Speaking on Wednesday, Biles told the Washington Post: "Every year it feels better and better just because we're adding to the legacy.

"I feel like I never think of records. I just go out there and do what I came to do, which is compete for the country."

In the wake of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on the weekend, Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis has described 2019 as the best year of her professional life.

Twenty-five-year-old artistic gymnast Danusia Francis became only the second Jamaican to qualify for gymnastics at the Olympics, with a breakthrough performance at the World Gymnastics Championships in Germany on Friday.

The 25-year-old earned one of the 20 automatic qualifying spots for the Tokyo Games at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany. She competed alongside teammates Toni-Ann Williams and Kiara Richmon.

The British-born Francis posted an all-around score of 50.982 to finish on a list of 20 individuals who secured qualification to the 2020 Games in Tokyo.

Francis now joins Williams, who did so at the 2016 Games in Rio, as the only Jamaicans to quality for gymnastics at the Olympics. The qualification means that Francis has achieved her "lifelong dream" of qualifying for an Olympic Games.

"It will honestly mean the world. I'm emotional talking about it," she said in a video posted on her IG account.

She thanked her supporters, Jamaican teammates, Team Jamaica and the Jamaican gymnastics delegation.

"It's all starting to sink in and I just want to say a massive thank you to everyone for all your support, positivity and kind words," she said via her Instagram page.

Williams performed creditably at the same meet to score 47.798, while Richmon scored 44.632. However, it was not enough to make the final cut.

Francis was once a reserve athlete for Great Britain's team at the 2012 Summer Olympics.

Jamaica’s gymnastics association has signed a deal with an American apparel manufacturer Alfa Factor that will see the company provide Jamaican gymnasts with gear and cash over a period of two years.

Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis says she hopes her winning performances at the inaugural Superstars of Gymnastics last month that have gone viral, will help raise the profile of Jamaica’s gymnastics talents.

Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Williams has been selected as one of six finalists for the 2019 American Athletic Incorporated (AAI) Award.

Just days after an Achilles tendon injury ended her illustrious collegiate career, Jamaica’s Toni-Ann Williams has some good news.

Jamaican Olympic gymnast Toni-Ann Williams ruptured her Achilles tendon while competing in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, effectively ending her collegiate career.

Novak Djokovic and Simone Biles have been named Laureus World Sportsman and Sportswoman of the Year respectively.

ATP world number one Djokovic beat fellow nominees Lewis Hamilton, LeBron James, Kylian Mbappe, Luka Modric and Eliud Kipchoge to claim the award for the fourth time – only Roger Federer has won it more.

The rejuvenated Serbian recovered from a loss of form and persistent elbow injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open in 2018, earning a return to the top of the rankings.

Djokovic said: "A Laureus Award is what every athlete wants to win, and this one is a huge honour for me. Being among so many sporting greats here tonight, and hearing about the inspirational work Laureus is doing around the world, gives this Award a special meaning for me.

"Last year was an incredible season for me, returning from injury to win Wimbledon and the US Open is something I'll remember forever. I am delighted and I would like to thank the Laureus Academy for their support."

Biles became the first woman to win a fourth all-around title at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

The American claimed a record-breaking four golds – she has now amassed an unprecedented 14 at the worlds – in Doha and added one silver and a bronze.

Naomi Osaka received the World Breakthrough of the Year award after claiming her first grand slam title at the US Open, while Didier Deschamps accepted the prize for World Team of the Year on behalf of FIFA World Cup winners France.

Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger was given the Lifetime Achievement award and Cesc Fabregas, Alessandro Del Piero, Luis Figo and Fabio Capello were among those to give him a guard of honour at the ceremony in Monaco.

Skiing great Lindsey Vonn received recognition for her illustrious career in the shape of the Spirit of Sport Award.

The High Court in Trinidad and Tobago on Monday ruled against the Trinidad and Tobago Gymnastics Federation in their court battle with gymnast Thema Williams.

President of the Jamaica Gymnastics Association Nicole Grant was full of praise for the team that recently participated in the Pan American Championships in Peru where Jamaica’s men and women each earned two spots in the 2019 Pan American Games.

Despite suffering a dislocated elbow that has ruled her out of competition, Jamaica’s Olympic gymnast ToniAnn Williams has travelled to Peru with the Jamaican team that will be competing at the Pan Am Championships that begin on Tuesday.

Jamaican gymnast Reiss Beckford believes his experience at the Commonwealth Games will help him when he competes at the Pan American Championships that gets underway in Peru on September 10.

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