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WATCH LIVE: Simone Biles in gymnastics world all-around final

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Simone Biles takes a six-year win streak into what will likely be her last world championships all-around final, live on NBCSN and streaming on and the NBC Sports app on Thursday morning.

Biles, who led the U.S. to a team title Tuesday for her female record-breaking 21st world medal, is a massive favorite to bag her fifth world all-around title. No other woman has more than three world all-around crowns.

Biles beat the field in qualifying by 2.266 points, which is larger than the greatest women’s all-around margin of victory in world championships history (which she owns, from last year).

Scores start from zero again in the final, though.

LIVE STREAM: World Gymnastics Championships women’s all-around final — 10 a.m. ET

Biles, expected to retire after the Tokyo Olympics, can move one medal shy of the overall world championships record of 23 held by 1990s Belarusian Vitaly Scherbo. She has four more event finals Saturday and Sunday.

If she has any competition Thursday, it will likely come from a teammate. Sunisa Lee, a 16-year-old in her first year as a senior gymnast, is the other American in the final.

Lee was second at the U.S. Championships in August, second at the world team selection camp in September and second again in qualifying last week. At the world camp, she was just .35 of a point behind Biles, who fell off the uneven bars. For perspective, nobody has been within one point of Biles in an official day of all-around competition in five years.

Last year’s silver and bronze medalists — Japan’s Mai Murakami and American Morgan Hurd — are not competing at worlds. An American joined Biles on the podium for all of her previous Olympic and world all-around titles.

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Tommy Ford ends U.S. men’s World Cup drought at Beaver Creek

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Tommy Ford earned his first World Cup win at age 30 and ended the U.S. men’s longest victory and podium droughts in two decades.

Ford won the giant slalom in Beaver Creek, Colo., on Sunday, the last North American race on tour this season. He prevailed by eight tenths of a second combining times over two runs.

Norwegians Henrik Kristoffersen and Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen were second and third. American Ted Ligety, fourth after the opening run, finished 11th.

Full results are here.

Ford became the first U.S. man to win a World Cup since Travis Ganong took a downhill on Jan. 27, 2017. He also became the first U.S. male podium finisher since Ligety in January 2018. Both were the longest droughts for the program since the late 1990s.

Ford, a 2010 and 2018 Olympian who missed the 2014 Olympics due to a broken femur, had been working toward this moment.

He finished a World Cup career-high fourth at the season-opening giant slalom in Soelden, Austria, on Oct. 27. Last season, he had a pair of fifths.

The men’s World Cup moves to Val d’Isere, France, next weekend for a giant slalom and slalom.

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Katie Ledecky wins race by 30 seconds, takes back No. 1 ranking

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In her last race of the year, Katie Ledecky ensured she would finish 2019 as the world’s fastest 1500m freestyler.

Ledecky clocked 15:35.98 at the U.S. Open in Atlanta, winning the longest event on the Olympic pool program by 29.97 seconds. Typical for Ledecky, who owns the nine fastest times in history. This one came in at No. 8. Full meet results are here.

Ledecky scratched the 1500m free final at the summer world championships due to illness. Italian Simona Quadarella went on to win that title in 15:40.89, which was the world’s fastest time this year until Saturday night.

“I didn’t have time on my mind at all today. I just wanted to have a consistent swim,” Ledecky, undefeated in 1500m free finals for nine years, said on NBCSN. “That’s probably the best mile that I’ve had in a while.”

The women’s 1500m freestyle debuts at the Olympics in Tokyo. Ledecky is expected to add that to her Rio Olympic individual lineup of 200m, 400m and 800m frees, assuming she is top two in each event at the June Olympic trials.

In other events Saturday, Erika Brown handed Simone Manuel a rare defeat in the 100m freestyle. Brown, a University of Tennessee senior, clocked 53.42 and lowered her personal best by .71 between prelims and the final. Brown moved from sixth to fourth in the U.S. rankings this year, upping her stock as a contender to make the Olympic 4x100m free relay pool via a top-six finish at trials.

Brown previously lowered her personal best in the 50m free on Thursday. She ranks third in the U.S. this year in that event.

Emily Escobedo dealt Lilly King a rare domestic defeat in the 200m breaststroke. Escobedo lowered her personal best by .87 and clocked 2:22.00, moving to seventh fastest in the world this year and remaining fourth among Americans.

In the men’s 200m breast, Olympic champion Dmitriy Balandin of Kazakhstan was beaten by Cody Miller, the Olympic 100m breast silver medalist. Both were slower than their best times this year.

The next significant swim meet is a Tyr Pro Series stop in Knoxville, Tenn., from Jan. 16-19.

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