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Simone Biles pulls out of gymnastics team finals at Tokyo Olympics, US Team gets silver

Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 9:35 am CST.

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Simone Biles withdrew out of the team final at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics reportedly because of a medical issue and the United States could only win silver.

Biles struggled uncharacteristically with a landing at the vault and pulled out of the competition which she normally dominates.

“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” USA Gymnastics spokeswoman Carol Fabrizio said to USA TODAY Sports.

“She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

Without her, the US team could not keep up with the Russian gymnasts who took the gold medal. The US won silver.

Despite her withdrawal, Biles remained by her teammates cheering them on.

After the vault, Biles put on her grips for then uneven bars which were up next, but instead, she left the competition floor. She later returned but did not compete anymore, putting on her warmups instead.

Since she’s going to be assessed daily for her ‘medical issue’ it’s still to be seen if Biles will continue competing. She qualified for all the individual finals: the all-around, balance beam, floor exercise, uneven bars, and vault.

The all-around final is on for 6 p.m. on July 29. The other finals come up after that.

In 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Biles won four gold medals in the team, all-around, vault, and floor competitions. She also won a bronze in Rio.

Apart from that Biles has won 19 gold medals in five World Championships.


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