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Biles sets record by picking up 13th world championship gold

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(Photo by KARIM JAAFAR / AFP)DOHA, Qatar — Simone Biles made history by picking up her record 13th career gold medal at the world gymnastics championships when she cruised to victory in the vault final on Friday.Yet it’s the silver she captured on uneven bars that the Olympic and world champion may cherish more.ADVERTISEMENT The decision helped Biles boost her gold medal total at the world championships to 13, the most every by any gymnast. She will have a chance to add to her medal total when the meet wraps up on Saturday. Biles will compete in both the balance beam final and the floor exercise final. If she medals on both — as she did at the 2016 Olympics — the 21-year-old will tie the all-time mark for career medals at the world championships with 20.Not bad considering she is dealing with a kidney stone that sent her to the emergency room on the eve of qualifying. Biles said the pain is manageable and she was more focused on simply trying to make up for her so-so all-around.“I really wanted to come out here and redeem myself and I think I did that tonight,” Biles said.Men’s all-around champion Artur Dalaloyan added gold on floor exercise, his score of 14.900 allowed him to slip past Japan’s Kenzo Shirai. Carlos Edriel Yulo of the Philippines was third, just ahead of American Yul Moldauer in fourth.China’s Xiao Ruoteng, who lost gold in the all-around on a tiebreaker, won gold on pommel horse on a tiebreaker. Xiao and Max Whitlock of Britain both finished with a score of 15.166 but Xiao claimed gold because his execution score was higher than Whitlock’s. Lee Chih-Kai of Taiwan won the bronze, the first world championship medal for Taiwan in a quarter century. American Sam Mikulak was fourth.Greece’s Eleftherios Petrounias captured gold on still rings with a score of 15.366. Brazil’s Arthur Zanetti took silver with Marco Lodadio of Italy claiming bronze.The men finish up the meet with finals on vault, parallel bars and high bar on Saturday.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Not that Biles — who expressed frustration after a sloppy (by her standards) performance while winning a record fourth all-around title on Thursday — was complaining after finishing runner-up to Derwael. She became the first American woman to earn a world championship medal on all four events, and the way she’s focused on upping her degree of difficulty on bars is a testament to the way her approach has matured over the years.″(Before) to even work and put that much effort into bars, I would have probably been like ‘No, No thank you,’” Biles said. “I really put the work and the effort to bring up that event to the level with the other (events).”Events like vault, where Biles has long been among the best in the world. She easily captured gold even though she opted not to perform her new signature vault after she fell while trying to land in during the all-around final. She chose two slightly safer vaults instead, and her average of 15.366 was nearly a full point ahead of silver medalist Shallon Olsen of Canada and bronze medalist Alexa Moreno of Mexico.Biles wanted to do her new vault — which she drilled in both qualifying and the team final and will be named after her when the code of points is updated — but Landi talked her out of it.“He said, ‘You know what? You can’t change what happened yesterday,’” Biles said. ”’I know you really want to get out there and do that vault but you can’t change what happened yesterday and you’ve been successful at that vault while in training and on podium. So just go out there and do (another vault instead).”ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil LATEST STORIES For years Biles viewed bars with a mixture of skepticism and scorn. There was a point in time she admits she would have been OK with taking a “chainsaw” to every bars set in the country.Those days are over. Helped in part by the influence of new head coach Laurent Landi, Biles now considers the event a challenge more than a chore. Maybe that’s why the smile on the podium during the medal ceremony after she came in second to Belgium’s Nina Derwael was so wide.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back Chriss“I’ve come a long way,” Biles said.It certainly showed. Biles put together a score of 14.7 to edge Germany’s Elisabeth Seitz for silver. Belgium’s Nina Derwael won the first ever gold medal for her country at worlds when the judges awarded her daring and intricate set with a score of 15.2. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Djokovic and Federer win to set up Paris Masters semifinal Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? 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Klopp says Liverpool ‘back at the top’ after Bayern triumph

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen KloppMUNICH, Germany, Mar 14 – Jurgen Klopp said his Liverpool side proved they are “back on the European stage” after an impressive 3-1 win at Bayern Munich on Wednesday put them into the Champions League quarter-finals.Sadio Mane scored twice at the Allianz Arena to put last season’s finalists Liverpool through with a 3-1 aggregate last-16 win. “It’s a big step to get this club back on the European stage and I am really happy,” said Liverpool’s German manager.“If Barcelona, if Real Madrid come here, they know this is a hard place to win.“It’s a big step for us, let’s see what we can do with it, but we have a set a bar for this wonderful club that we really are back on the landscape of top international football.“We think that is where this club should be, but let’s carry on, we have a lot to learn, a lot to improve, but we’re back.”Having missed the goalless first leg at Anfield three weeks ago through suspension, Virgil van Dijk’s long pass led to Mane’s excellent first-half goal.“His first goal was ridiculous, the calmness with how he’s finished it off,” Liverpool midfielder James Milner told BT Sport.“He’s on fire at the minute and let’s hope it continues for the rest of the season.”Dutch centre-back Van Dijk then headed Liverpool into a 2-1 lead from a Milner corner on 69 minutes after Joel Matip’s own goal had handed Bayern a first-half equaliser.Mane made sure of Liverpool’s place in the quarter-final draw by nodding in six minutes from time.Liverpool’s victory means they join Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Manchester United in the quarter-finals, completing a clean sweep of English sides reaching the last eight for the first time since 2008/09.“It is good for English football — that’s what you want,” added Milner.“We have good feelings from last year, so hopefully we can carry that on and go as far as we can.”Van Dijk headed home the crucial goal which put Liverpool 2-1 ahead © AFP / Christof StacheIt is a bleaker picture in Germany as Bayern’s exit leaves no Bundesliga club in the quarters for the first time since 2005/06, as Borussia Dortmund and Schalke also bowed out in the last 16 — to Tottenham and Man City respectively.“Both teams were very cautious for a long period, but the second goal took the belief out of us,” said Bayern defender Mats Hummels.“Jurgen Klopp is good at neutralising the opponents’ strengths and he did that once again.“We didn’t play well enough to create enough clear chances at this level.”This is the first time since 2011 that Bayern have failed to make the quarter-finals.“We have the right to be bitterly disappointed, it’s tough not being part of the Champions League anymore,” said Bayern head coach Niko Kovac.“We have to be positive, we have a good run in the Bundesliga and we have to focus on that.”– Henderson forced off –Milner was preferred to Fabinho in Liverpool’s midfield, but Klopp was forced into an early change when captain Jordan Henderson hobbled off on 12 minutes.Brazilian Fabinho made an early entrance and Milner took the skipper’s armband.“It doesn’t look so serious for Jordan’s ankle, but it’s always a bad sign when you have to make a change, especially in midfield,” said Klopp.Klopp had urged his side to “be brave on the ball” and it was that, combined with an amazing piece of skill by Mane, which gave them the lead.Van Dijk’s pin-point pass over 40 metres found Mane in the Bayern box with goalkeeper Manuel Neuer off his line.Mane spun away and looped his shot inside the far post to give the visitors a valuable away goal in the 26th minute.Kovac defended Neuer’s decision to come off his line.“Mane was in the inside track, Rafinha was outside, so it was the right call for Manu to come for the ball,” said Kovac.“However, it shows Mane’s quality that he saw where Neuer was and was able to take advantage of it.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more