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#TokyoGoldRush | Simone Biles pulls out of Olympics with injury

Published:Tuesday | July 27, 2021 | 7:38 AM
Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform after an apparent injury, at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.
Simone Biles, of the United States, watches gymnasts perform after an apparent injury, at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on Tuesday.

(AP):

Reigning Olympic gymnastics champion Simone Biles is out of the team finals after apparently suffering an injury during the vault on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old United States of America (USA) star, considered to be the greatest gymnast of all time, huddled with a trainer after landing her vault. She then exited the competition floor with the team doctor.

Biles returned several minutes later with her right leg wrapped. She took off her bar grips, and hugged teammates Grace McCallum, Sunisa Lee and Jordan Chiles before putting on a jacket and sweatpants.

The Americans will be forced to finish the rest of the competition without her, severely hampering their bid to claim a third straight Olympic title.

Biles arrived in Tokyo as the USA's unquestioned star of the Games but struggled, at least by her high standards, during qualifying.