Simone Biles makes more history in never-before-seen moment

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Simone Biles, pictured here in action at the US Gymnastics championships.
Simone Biles won a record seventh all-around national title. Image: Getty/USA Gymnastics

Simone Biles continues to re-write the gymnastics record books, becoming the first woman to win seven all-around American national titles.

Biles outclassed the field at the US Gymnastics Championships on Sunday to claim the record seventh all-around title and make her selection for the Tokyo Olympics a mere formality.

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The 24-year-old delivered another stunning performance ahead of her bid to become the first woman to win back-to-back Olympic championships in more than 50 years.

Biles was the winner of four gold medals at the Rio Olympics in 2016 and will be targeting the same haul or more in Tokyo.

She added to her billing as the greatest gymnast of all time on Sunday, putting up a winning score of 119.65 - almost a full five points clear of second place Sunisa Lee on 114.95.

"It's really emotional, especially going into my second time doing a Olympic run, it's really crazy," said Biles, who has won every all-around competition she’s contested since the 2013 US Championships. 

"It's been a lot of fun but it's been a lot of stress too. Onto the Trials."

In what was just her second competition in 18 months, Biles shook off any remaining rust delivering a dazzling display that left the crowd in awe, even without pulling out her show stoppers like the Yurchenko double-pike vault which she is the only woman to land in competition.

Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles, pictured here celebrating after the US Gymnastics Championships.
Simone Biles and Jordan Chiles celebrate after the US Gymnastics Championships. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

The reigning world and Olympic all-around champion showed little emotion as she ran through her routines, posting top marks on three of four apparatus - the vault, floor exercise and balance beam.

Her historic display left the gymnastics world in awe.

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Spots still up for grabs on US Gymnastics team

While it was a runaway at the top, it was a tight battle behind Biles for second with Jordan Chiles finishing third a half-point behind Lee.

The battle for Olympic spots is always intense but even more so for Tokyo with the team competition trimmed to four members from five and only two additional spots up for grabs on individual apparatus.

With Biles a lock for a spot, Lee and Chiles look like contenders along with Emma Malabuyo, Leanne Wong and Jade Carey, who were all within a half point of each other finishing fourth, fifth and sixth.

The top eight at the US Championships automatically qualify for the Olympic Trials.

Prior to the final session, Laurie Hernandez, a member of the 2016 gold medal team in Rio who is bidding for a spot on the Tokyo team, withdrew from the championships after hyperextending her left knee in practice on Friday.

The 21-year-old will now have to petition for a spot at the Trials if she is to have any chance of making her dream of a second Olympics a reality.

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