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Simone Biles successfully defends all-around title at U.S. Classic gymnastics meet

Simone Biles captures balance beam en route to all-around win at U.S. Classic. (Associated Press)
Simone Biles captures balance beam en route to all-around win at U.S. Classic. (Associated Press)
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HOFFMAN ESTATES, Ill. – Simone Biles successfully defended her all-around title in the Secret U.S. Classic on Saturday night, continuing a run of victories for the reigning world champion.

The event featured the return to U.S. gymnastics competition for Gabby Douglas, the American all-around gold medalist in the London Olympics, who was second, nearly two points behind Biles.

Maggie Nichols took the bronze.

Biles won the vault with two electrifying and high-flying turns. She also won the floor event with a crowd-pleasing, playful and acrobatic routine, and topped the field in the balance beam.

Biles’ last loss at a major competition was at the Secret Classic in 2013, when she fell in the uneven bars and floor exercise and didn’t attempt a vault.

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