Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles was replaced in the US team after starting Tuesday’s Olympic women’s team final.
Simone Biles’ participation in the rest of the Tokyo Olympics was plunged into uncertainty on Tuesday after she dramatically withdrew from the team final with a “medical issue”.
The American superstar exited the final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre after a lacklustre opening vault and briefly left the competition floor, before returning to join her teammates.
But the US team replaced her in the three concluding routines on the uneven bars, beam, and floor. A statement from USA Gymnastics said Biles was suffering from an unspecified “medical issue” and would now face daily assessment to determine whether she can continue her Olympic campaign.
“Simone has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue,” the statement said to AFP said. “She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.”
Biles spent the competition enthusiastically cheering on her teammates.
The four-time gold medallist at the 2016 Rio Games qualified for all finals available to her but her performance in preliminary rounds on Sunday was littered with uncharacteristic mistakes.
In a candid Instagram post on Monday the 24-year-old said she was feeling the pressure during Sunday’s qualifying.
“I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times,” Biles wrote.