Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Event at 2020 Tokyo Olympics
Simone Biles has pulled out of the team event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
24-year-old Olympic legend Simone Biles pulled out of the gymnastics team final due to a "medical issue" on Tuesday. The USA team competed with only three gymnasts in the final and finished second to the team from Russian Olympic Committee (ROC).
In what was her first event in Tokyo, Simone made her first attempt in the vault rotation following which she consulted her team and proceeded onto leave the arena.
"Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions," read a statement released by USA Gymnastics a little while later.
Simone has to compete in individual finals too having qualified for the all-around, floor exercise, beam, vault as well as uneven bars.
The 24-year-old was supposed to execute a Yurchenko vault with two-and-a-half twists, but could perform only one-and-a-half twists. Her knees buckled on the landing although she avoided falling on the ground.
Her score of 13.766 is among the lowest she has got in years.
Simone, who won four gold medals in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, had qualified for all five individual event finals and was expecting to add six more Olympic gold medals with victories at these Games. However, now, she may have to return without any further gold.
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