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Simone Biles to soar again, this time on a vault

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RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) -- Does she really even need a vault to fly sky-high?
   
Olympic all-around champion Simone Biles goes for her third gold in Rio de Janeiro when she competes in the women's vault final Sunday. But the 19-year-old American already proved she can soar with astonishing tumbling routines that won the all-around title.
   
On the uneven bars, world champion Madison Kocian posted the top qualifying score but faces strong competition from teammate Gabby Douglas and defending Olympic uneven bars champion Aliya Mustafina of Russia.
   
On the men's side, British teammates Louis Smith and Max Whitlock square off in the pommel horse final, along with American Alex Naddour and Ukrainian Oleg Verniaiev.
   
Americans Sam Mikulak and Jake Dalton posted the top qualifying scores on the men's floor exercise, but Japan's Kohei Uchimura, Whitlock and British teammate Christian Thomas are also in the hunt Sunday for medals.

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