Women July 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles pulls out of team finals

Mildred Europa Taylor | Head of Content

Mildred Europa Taylor July 27, 2021 at 10:27 am

July 27, 2021 at 10:27 am | Women

Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform after she exited the team final with apparent injury, at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, July 27, 2021, in Tokyo. The 24-year-old reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Biles huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The United States on Tuesday won silver in women’s gymnastics after star Simone Biles had to drop out of the team final in Tokyo. The U. S. had hopes of winning their third straight championship but things didn’t go as they wished as the Russian Olympic Committee won gold and the British team won bronze.

A statement from USA gymnastics said Biles withdrew due to a medical issue. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions,” the statement said.

Biles, who had qualified for all finals, was expected to compete in individual all-round, floor exercise, uneven bars, beam and vault.

The 24-year-old performed just one vault attempt on Tuesday before huddling with a trainer and leaving the competition floor with a team doctor. After some minutes, she came back with her right leg wrapped.

Gymnastics’ ruling body the FIG later said on Twitter: “After one routine Simone Biles will sit out the rest of the women’s team final”.

The star had in an Instagram post on Monday said she sometimes feels like she has “the weight of the world” on her shoulders.

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