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Simone Biles’ Celebrations Marred as Yurchenko Double Pike Suffers Disheartening Fate in World Artistic Gymnastics Championship 2023

Published 10/01/2023, 2:32 PM EDT

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The World Artistic Gymnastics Championship wasn’t supposed to be an easy ride for anybody. Even gymnastics queen Simone Biles is taking heat at the championships. The 5x world all-around champion relied on her most dangerous weapon, the Yurchenko Double Pike at Antwerp, Belgium. Biles was given the first chance to perform the Biles II to be inducted into the Code of Points at the 2023 World Artistic Championship. However, the celebration of its almost perfect execution was marred due to a technicality.

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Simone Biles ran towards the vault apparatus and successfully launched another perfect Yurchenko Double Pike. Taking the first opportunity Biles got her name into the roster for the fifth time in her career. In fact, her execution in Belgium christened the mighty move with a 6.4 difficulty after her name. Despite this, a technicality that shouldn’t really be there left a bitter taste in her mouth.

Simone Biles jabbed by a deduction once more


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Biles is currently facing the best gymnasts in the world, including home rivals Shilese Jones and Joscelyn Roberson. While everyone celebrated the birth of the new “Biles II” vault, a technical deduction awaited it as well. Simone obtained a score of 14.949 from the vault but suffered a 0.5 deduction. 

The judges slashed her points since she used a spotter for the vault. This deduction has forever harrowed the greatest gymnast of all time, but it is something she is always willing to take. The same technical deduction doesn’t count in uneven bars, but that is already the weakest suit of Simone Biles. Despite this, Simone Biles has bigger things to focus on and will look toward the next stage of the 2023 World Artistic Gymnastics Championship.


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Biles in top form to claim sixth all-around gold

Despite the technical deduction of points, Simone Biles still managed to grab the top spot like she always does. Biles finished the first day of the World Gymnastics Championship on a high note with 58.865 points. In fact, the gymnast in the second position, Shilese Jones, is behind by a staggering difference of 1.933 points. The global gymnastics phenomenon was away from the world championship due to mental health issues. However, she now looks all girded up to claim her sixth world championship.


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Most interestingly, Biles is back at the venue where she started her Titan journey and claimed her first World Championship title. The Belgian city of Antwerp witnessed the stellar rise of a new and the greatest monolith of global gymnastics. Biles is now back where she started ten years ago to resume her global domination thwarted by the ‘twisties.’ With her greatest weapon rebranded after her, Biles and Biles Two are ready to walk out of Belgium with a shining gold medal. 

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Ankit Singh


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Ankit Singh is a pro writer for US Sports at Essentially Sports. This surfing enthusiast has kept his watchful eye on all things Kelly Slater. With his prior experience as a senior writer for popular blogs in the country, Ankit brings his attention to detail to the nuances of every turn, snap, 360, and alley-oop on the surfboard.
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Brandon Gabriel