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Simone Biles helps USA to team gymnastics gold – and targets four more | Bryan Armen Graham

Simone Biles, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez and Madison Kocian delivered a series of stirring performances as the US swept to gold

The United States women’s gymnastics team stood in a cluster and looked up at the scoreboard overhead. When the numbers flashed on the screen, the title that had all but been conceded to them before the competition even started was official. They were champions again.

The Americans, headlined by the 19-year-old talent from suburban Houston who threatens to become the face of these Olympics, reasserted their place at the head of gymnastics’ new world order by defending their gold medal with a sterling performance at the Rio Olympic Arena.

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