When Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas take to the floor in Glasgow on Thursday, it will mark the first time since 1980 that a reigning World all-around champion will face a reigning Olympic all-around champion in major women’s international competition.
Biles, the 4-foot-8 dynamo from Spring, Texas, is an overwhelming favorite to become the first woman to win three straight World all-around titles.
She qualified into the final over second-place Giulia Steingruber of Switzerland by 3.958 points, which was greater than the margin separating Steingruber from 41st place in qualifying.
Douglas, a few inches taller and one year older at 19, qualified third and is a medal favorite after taking two years off following her London 2012 triumph.
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