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Simone Biles Withdraws From Women’s Team Gymnastics At Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Simone Biles of Team United States stumbles upon landing after competing in vault during the women’s team final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

By George Ramsay, CNN

(CNN) — Simone Biles had to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastic final on Tuesday as the Russia Olympic Committee (ROC) took gold at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The ROC’s Vladislava Urazova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova won with a score of 169.528, while Team USA took silver with 166.096, with Great Britain on 164.096 to claim bronze.

Biles withdrew from the final on Tuesday after leaving the arena to be attended to by the trainer.

“Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” said a USA Gymnastics statement. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”

“Thinking of you, Simone!” added the statement.

After Biles returned to the arena she didn’t warm up for uneven bars — USA’s second apparatus — with Jordan Chiles warming up instead.

Biles was looking to add to her haul of four gold medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

“Simone, on the first event of the first rotation of the team competition … she bailed out of her vault,” said CNN sports analyst Christine Brennan.

Once she was back in the arena, Biles supported her teammates from the sidelines — chatting with them and cheering after each routine.

Chiles was appearing in her first Olympics and competed alongside Sunisa Lee and Grace McCallum.

The ROC’s gold is the first in the women’s team event since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics.

The victory also secures a famous double for the ROC after the men won gold in Monday’s team event.

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