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Simone Biles of the U.S., left and silver medal, and Mc Kayla Maroney of the U.S., right and gold medal, hug on the podium after their vault exercise during the apparatus final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Saturday Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
Simone Biles of the U.S., left and silver medal, and Mc Kayla Maroney of the U.S., right and gold medal, hug on the podium after their vault exercise during the apparatus final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Antwerp, Belgium, Saturday Oct. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Yves Logghe)
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(AP) The United States won a second gold-silver double in as many days at the gymnastics world championships on Saturday, with defending champion McKayla Maroney beating all-around champion Simone Biles in the vault.


Earlier, Kenzo Shirai twisted his way to the floor gold medal after the 17-year-old Japanese man became the first athlete to perform a quadruple twist at a major event final.


The U.S. women kept up their week-long dominance as Maroney performed two daring vaults with poise and elegance to edge past Biles in the final. Maroney received 15.724 points, with Biles finishing at 15.595. Hong Un-jong of North Korea took bronze with 15.483.


On Friday night, Biles edged teammate Kyla Ross for a 1-2 finish in the all-around competition. Biles has three more chances at gold in the final of the uneven bars later Saturday and on the floor and balance beam on Sunday.


Shirai's routine included some two dozen twists, and he kept the groundbreaking quadruple for last. After he nailed it, the Japanese teenager broke into a broad smile and pumped his fist in jubilation, knowing it was enough to move past leader Jacob Dalton of the United States.


All-around champion Kohei Uchimura took bronze, but was all smiles and applause after watching teammate Shirai come up with gold.


Shirai scored 16 points with an extremely high degree of difficulty, with Dalton second at 15.6. Uchimura had 15.5.


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