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Gymnastics: Simone Biles pulls out of team event

Simone Biles. Photo: IOC

Tokyo, July 27 (MNN) Team USA chances of a third-straight women’s gymnastics team gold medal took a big hit early Tuesday as Simone Biles scratched from the final after a botched effort on the vault.

Just moments after marching out on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Biles had a scary warm-up vault.

After blocking off the vaulting table, the 24-year-old appeared to get lost in the air, opening out after doing just one-and-a-half of her planned two-and-a-half twists.

The same error occurred in competition, as Biles, the reigning Olympic champion on the event, scored just 13.733.

After vault, Biles sat on the sideline talking with coach Cecile Landi and USA Gymnastics athletic trainer. Their discussion ended with Biles and the trainer leaving the field of play together.

By the time they returned, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee were already in their one touch warm-up, signalling it was unlikely Biles would participate.

Minutes later, USA Gymnastics confirmed the withdrawal and official event start lists were updated to reflect the change.

“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue.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.”

With Biles out, the US will shift its beam line up to include Chiles, who fell twice in Sunday’s qualifying round. Lee will now perform on the floor exercise.

She’s often referred to as the GOAT of gymnastics, and entered the Tokyo 2020 Games as one of the hottest favourites to win gold in any sport, but what do Simone Biles’ predecessors think about the American champion? We asked a select group of women to have stood on top of the Olympic podium for their thoughts on the legacy of the USA star.

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