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Gymnastics powerhouse Simone Biles clinches record-equalling fourth gold medal

PUBLISHED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 2:51am
UPDATED : Wednesday, 17 August, 2016, 2:51am

US gymnastics star Simone Biles claimed a record-equalling fourth Olympic women’s gold on the floor in Rio on Tuesday.

The 19-year-old sealed the title with a powerful display of acrobatics and tumbling in the Rio Olympic Arena.

The three-time world floor champion scored 15.966 points to lead a US 1-2 ahead of Aly Raisman (15.500), the 2012 Olympic floor champion.

Britain’s Amy Tinkler (14.933) won bronze.

Biles had been bidding to win a record five women’s gold in Rio after taking the team, all-around and vault titles. But a slip on the beam on Monday saw her finish with the bronze.

She becomes the fifth woman to win four gold at the same Olympics joining Hungarian Agnes Keleti (1956), Soviet Larissa Latynina (1956), Czech Vera Caslavska (1968) and Romanian Ecaterina Szabo (1984).