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US champion Biles takes lead in worlds qualifying

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ANTWERP, Belgium (AP) -- Simone Biles used superb floor and vault exercises to sweep past U.S. teammate Kyla Ross and take the provisional lead in all-around qualifying at the world gymnastics championships.

Biles broke the 60-point mark with 60.133, leaving overnight leader Ross well behind with 59.198. Even though the top 24 advance, only two per country are allowed in the final and the U.S. team still has McKayla Maroney in the penultimate qualifying group.

The 16-year-old Biles won the U.S. national championships title in August.

Later Wednesday, 2010 world champion and a favorite for the title, Aliya Mustafina, will perform at the weeklong championships.

The women's all-around final is Friday.

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