Sound the alarm in Olympic gymnastics. In search of her fifth gold medal, American Simone Biles, considered the best gymnast of all time, was removed from the team, in a competition still in progress.
Regarded as one of the best gymnasts of all time, the 24-year-old Biles was absent for a moment, accompanied by the US team’s doctor, and then returned some time to hug teammates Grace McCallum, Sonisa Lee and Jordan Chiles.
The US gymnastics team said in a statement that the athlete left the competition for “medical reasons.” Jordan Chiles took over for the remainder of the race.
“Simon Biles withdrew from the final team competition due to a medical issue. She will be evaluated daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions. With you in mind, Simon!” USA Gymnastics no Twitter.
Previously, the American press had already advanced the reasons for abandonment. Biles may have injured his right foot, perhaps in his opening jump, but NBC says an emotional issue may also be the reason for the withdrawal.
The US team, whose dominance of the sport was already threatened by Russia, which imposed itself in the qualifying round for today’s final, was in an even more vulnerable position in Tokyo’s defense of the gold medal it won five years ago, in Rio de Janeiro. Janeiro.
Remember, Simone Biles is still battling for medals in the individual events, which take place only on Thursdays.
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