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Biles victorious in return

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Simone Biles of USA competes in the women's vault final at the 2016 Rio Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, August 14, 2016. reuters

LOS ANGELES (AFP) – Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles made a triumphant, if imperfect, return to competition Saturday, winning the senior all-around crown at the US Classic in Columbus, Ohio.

Biles, who tied an Olympic record with five medals, four of them gold, at the Rio Games, hadn’t competed since 2016 and she showed some signs of nerves with a fall and a few uncharacteristic wobbles.

Nevertheless, Biles took the senior all-around title with a total of 58.700 points.

Riley McCusker of Brielle, New Jersey, tallied 57.500 for second, with 2017 World all-around champion Morgan Hurd rounding out the top three at 56.350.

Biles won two of the four event titles as she qualified for the US championships next month.

“I feel pretty good with where I’m at in this time of the year, and even from Rio I feel like I’ve improved,” said Biles, who is already looking ahead to 2020 in Tokyo.

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