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Simone Biles, USA Gymnast, Exits Finals in Startling Move

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Simone Biles, USA Gymnast, Exits Finals in Startling Move

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During today’s showdown between Team USA and Team Russia in the Tokyo Olympics women’s gymnastics finals, Team Russia held the lead, with USA rapidly gaining ground. The remaining team members included Grace McCallum, Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee, and Simone Biles. Biles, a remarkable 19-time gold medalist, with four golds from the 2016 Olympics, is renowned as one of the top gymnasts in the present era. As Biles, slated to perform next, cheered on her fellow gymnasts, she appeared to struggle noticeably with landings on the vault, a move typically easy for her.

After consulting with coaches and medical personnel, Biles briefly exited the competition area before returning in warmups, signaling her withdrawal from the event. Without Biles, Team USA couldn’t narrow the gap with Team Russia, who clinched the gold with a three-point lead.

Carol Fabrizio, USA Gymnastics spokeswoman, relayed to USA TODAY Sports, “Simone has stepped back from the team final due to a medical concern. Her condition will be evaluated daily to determine readiness for upcoming events.”

The specifics of Biles’ condition, whether illness or injury-related, haven’t been disclosed to the media. Biles herself mentioned no injuries but expressed she wasn’t in a state to continue after the vault mishap. Uncertainty looms over her potential return on Thursday to defend her individual title.

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