GYMNASTICS: No doubt about Biles in GK U.S. Classic, but McCusker shines in second

World Championships Team gold medalist Riley McCusker (USA)

Superstar gymnast Simone Biles easily won the All-Around at the GK U.S. Classic and confirmed her position as the top American gymnast with an impressive 60.00 score at the Yum Center in Louisville, Kentucky.

In a very large field of 21, she won the Vault (15.650), was just fifth on the Uneven Bars (14.450), then third on the Beam (14.900) and won the Floor Exercise at 15.000.

Riley McCusker finished second with 57.900 points and was second on Beam (15.300) and third on the Uneven Bars at 14.550. Grace McCallum’s encouraging third-place finish included a tie for second on Floor (14.250) and a tie for third on the Uneven Bars (14.550).

The 2017 World All-Around Champion, Morgan Hurd, did not fare as well, finishing sixth. Jade Carey, a specialist on Vault and Floor, competed in the All-Around and placed 10 (54.950), but was second to Biles on both Vault (14.900) and Floor (tied-14.250).

Biles won her fourth All-Around title – previously in 2014-15-18 – and became the winningest gymnast ever in the U.S. Classic, breaking a tie with Aly Raisman (2011-12-16).

The U.S. Pan American Games team will be selected from this meet; eight gymnasts were in contention to go; the five who finished highest were McCusker, Eaker, Wong, Hurd and Aleah Finnegan. Summaries:

GK U.S. Classic
Louisville, Kentucky (USA) ~ 20 July 2019
(Full results here)

Women/All-Around: 1. Simone Biles, 60.000; Riley McCusker, 57.900; 3. Grace McCallum, 57.700; 4. Kara Eaker, 56.800; 5. Leanne Wong, 56.650; 6. Morgan Hurd, 56.500; 7. Aleah Finnegan. 55.500; 8. Faith Torrez, 55.250. Event winners: Vault: Biles, 15.650; Uneven Bars: Hurd, 14.700; Beam: Eaker, 15.400; Floor: Biles, 15.000.