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American Simone Biles performs in the high jump during the finals of the women’s gymnastics team at the Summer Olympic Games on Tuesday in Tokyo.

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American Simone Biles performs in the high jump during the finals of the women’s gymnastics team at the Summer Olympic Games on Tuesday in Tokyo.

Gregory Bull / AP

American star Simone Biles, the greatest gymnast of all time, suddenly withdrew from the competition after the first rotation of the team team finals at the Tokyo Olympics.

“Simone withdrew from the final team competition due to medical issues,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement to NPR. “It will be evaluated daily to determine approval for future competitions.”

It’s a devastating blow to her three teammates, who are all Olympians for the first time. Biles was expected to compete on all four sets.

Three rotations through the finals, the team from Russia is only 0.8 points ahead of the US

After the draw, Biles remained in the arena dressed in white warm-up gear, instead of in the team’s leotard, and hugged her teammates. She could be seen jumping to celebrate their powerful performances and she didn’t limp as she walked between the apparatus.

She had a tough start in the vault, scoring 13,766 and making a big step in shit. In Rio, she scored 15,933 on the same apparatus.

The U.S. team tried to replace her in three more events where she was expected to compete, while Jordan Chiles jumped on uneven bars and a balance beam.

On uneven crossbars, Chiles managed to pull off a strong performance, sticking to the landing and scoring 14,166. Her teammate Sunisa Lee, a specialist in uneven crossbars, secured a remarkable result – 15,400 – providing the team with much-needed good news.

In the third rotation, on the balance beam, Chiles also scored strongly on the board when she jumped in for Biles again. The solid results of Grace McCallum and Lee helped narrow the Russian leadership.

It is also not clear whether Biles will compete later in the competition in individual disciplines or in the multi-color individual final, which she won at the Olympic Games four years ago.

Biles advanced to all five individual finals. The women’s all-around competition is scheduled for Thursday, and the vault and uneven bars start individual competitions on Sunday.

Biles faced huge expectations for his performance in Tokyo. “I know I’m fixing it and I make it seem like the pressure isn’t affecting me, but it’s damn hard sometimes hahaha! The Olympics are no joke!” she said on Instagram on the eve of the team final.


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