Gymnast Simone Biles led the US team to the world title. The Americans won their seventh consecutive world title with 167.729 points. They remained ahead of Brazil (165,530) and France (164,064). With the gold medal in the country finals, the 26-year-old Biles captured the 20th world title of her career.
Sunny Wevers, Ithura Thorsdottir, Naomi Visser, Sanna Vierman and Vera van Poel took seventh place with 159.563 points. For the Dutch gymnasts, participating in the final was actually a bonus. After all, with a sixth place in the qualifiers, the team had already qualified for the Olympic Games, which was the main goal.
The Dutch team started on beam, where Wevers suffered a fall due to her loose set of taps. The team was also knocked to the ground, this time by Visser.
The winning American team had a rocky start after Jocelyn Roberson was injured while warming up on the first apparatus (vault) and had to be replaced. Despite these problems, America has opened strongly to jumping and bridge. The team suffered a fall from Leanne Wong on the crossbar, but Biles and his teammates finished strong on the floor.
Brazil, which qualified for the final third, rose one place in the final. The team including world all-around champion Rebecca Andrade won its first ever World Cup medal in Antwerp. The French team, which qualified only in seventh place, won the bronze medal.
With the gold medal in the team competition, Biles's tally of World Cup medals reaches 26 medals. She has twenty world titles and has also won three silver and three bronze at the World Cup. She can extend her honors list in the all-around and final apparatus finals later this week. The American is already the most decorated World Cup participant of all time.
“Professional reader. Award-winning gamer. Zombie buff. Social media junkie. Bacon maven. Web scholar.”