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Biles defies kidney stone to seal incredible comeback; GYMNASTICS.

SIMONE Biles defied a kidney stone and medical advice as she clambered off her hospital bed to stage a remarkable comeback at the World Gymnastics Championships in Doha yesterday. The 21-year-old superstar revealed she had spent most of the previous day "crawling on the floor" in pain as her much-vaunted return after an 18-month hiatus from the sport threatened to end in agony. Determined not to let down her United States team-mates, and shrugging off advice from doctors to rest longer, Biles not only nailed her four qualification routines for a leading total of 60.965, but potentially earned a new entry into the sport's code of points in the process. Biles said: "It's been a rough 24 hours. Yesterday I was kind of crawling on the floor and I was like, I can't move. My mum took me to the team doctor and he said we had to go to get some tests because it was over my appendix, and I went on the table and the doctor said it was a kidney stone.

"She throws a blanket over me and I was like, 'what are you doing?' She said, 'you might stay here', and I said, 'I'm leaving - but thanks for telling me I've got a kidney stone."

Biles duly delivered with top-ranking qualification scores on three of her four apparatus and a second place on her less favoured uneven bars, although other challengers like Russia and China begin their qualification processes on Sunday. If it was hard not to be enthralled by the power and precision of Biles' floor routine, which scored 15.333, it was all the more stunning to see her land her signature forward double-twisting vault for the first time in global competition.

It means Biles will get the vault named after her in the sport's code of points, subject to formal recognition by the International Gymnastics Federation (FIG).

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 28, 2018
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