USA gymnastics queen Simone Biles equalled the all-time record of 23 world championship medals yesterday but insisted she had little time to reflect on her astonishing feat with two more finals still to come.
Her victory Saturday in the Women's Vault competition at the World Gymnastics Championships is her 23rd.
The two are tied for total Olympic medals with five each, but Biles has four gold while Liukin has one. Instead of the Biles, which she landed at last year's worlds, she picked two vaults which are slightly more familiar, though still fearsomely hard, the Cheng and the Amanar.
Biles scored 15.399 to win, while US teammate Jade Carey took the silver on 14.883, with Ellie Downie of Britain third on 14.816.
Biles was joined on the vault podium by Jade Carey, who earned her second vault silver in three years despite taking a large step out of the central landing area on her second vault. She had to settle for bronze in the event at the 2016 Olympics and last year's world championships in Doha.
The only blot on Biles' near-perfect record in south-west Germany came in Saturday's uneven bars final when she finished fifth.
Biles has announced that she plans to bow out after Tokyo 2020, but her achievements have already solidified her legacy as the greatest gymnast ever.
Her 17th gold medal came after another fantastic display by the 22-year-old American in Stuttgart. "I'm just so so happy and it just doesn't feel real yet". Scherbo competed at four world championships, against Biles' five, but the men's program contains more events.
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"I just couldn't move at the end, I was so exhausted", Biles confessed after her sixth and final event in Stuttgart.
Max Whitlock won Britain's first gold medal Saturday on pommel horse.
"I feel like my body's gone through a lot, and it's kind of just falling apart - not that you can tell, but I really feel it a lot of the time", she said.
"It's been so long, so many years, I can't believe I have finally done it", said the elder Downie after coming second on the bars.
Her routine is like a roller coaster as she flies high on release-and-catch moves then ping pongs back and forth between the bars, transitioning from high to low and back again.
Earlier, Filipino teen Carlos Edriel Yulo, 19, won the men's floor title, bettering the bronze he won past year, by 0.1 points ahead of Israel's Artem Dolgopyat.
Biles has said she is 99 percent sure these will be her final worlds.
Biles scored a whopping 15.066 points on the afternoon's most technically demanding routine to win gold. Xiao Ruoteng of China took bronze with 14.933.