“I’m not the next Usain Bolt or Michael Phelps. I’m the first Simone Biles.”
Simone Biles has made sure her name will be written in the record books.
The 22-year-old has set and all-time record for most medals by any gymnast. Biles soared on the balance beam on Sunday.
Biles won her 24th medal on the beam, breaking a tie on 23 with the Belarusian men’s gymnast Vitaly Scherbo.
The superstar added her 25th medal to her illustrious career, less than two hours later.
Biles scored 15.066 on the beam after a near-flawless routine. When her score was announced, it guaranteed her medal record.
The 4ft 8in beauty got up from her seat with a broad smile and punched the air.
Biles won the floor exercise by a full point, scoring 15.133 despite a step out of bounds on one pass.
Her U.S. teammate Sunisa Lee took silver, her third medal of the championships, while Angelina Melnikova took bronze for Russia.
Biles has won five events at the world championships after winning team gold on Tuesday. She won individual all-around gold on Thursday and vault gold Saturday.
Of her 24 career world medals, 18 are gold, against 12 of 23 for Scherbo.
Biles successfully defended her vault title on Saturday by sticking the landing on her two vaults.
That took Biles to 23 career world championship medals, equaling the mark set by Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo for any gymnast, male or female.
“I think it’s impressive. Also, I don’t really think of it going into the competition, because I feel that kind of weighs heavy on me,” Biles said. “I just go in, do what I’m supposed to, and whatever the outcome is, I just kind of let it happen.”
The uneven bars has traditionally been her weakest event. It was the only exercise in which she didn’t win a medal at the 2016 Olympics.
“Right now, I couldn’t be more happy with the performances I put out today. Obviously no medal on bars, but I’m not even mad about it,” Biles said.
“I knew going into today there was a very slim chance that I would even medal, but to make a bar final and get to represent the country, I feel really proud because this is not one of my strong suits. But it’s getting up there and I just feel really proud.”
Biles hasn’t confirmed whether she’ll continue to compete after next year’s Olympics, so this could be her last world championships.