After Injury, Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Final

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After Injury, Simone Biles Pulls Out of Team Final originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Simone Biles will not be competing in the remaining events in the women’s gymnastics team finals.

Biles appeared to suffer an injury in her first event, the vault. She had an uncharacteristically poor vault, and she failed to stick the landing. After her vault, she could be seen being evaluated by Team USA trainers.

After the first event, the ROC leads the women’s team finals with a score of 43.799, while the U.S. is in second with a 42.732.

Biles posted the worst score out of the six competitors in the vault with a 13.766. Simone Biles, a vault master, uncharacteristically failed to stick the landing. This comes as a surprise after posting the best score in the vault during the all-around qualifiers. Jordan Chiles had the best score out of the Americans with a 14.666 and Grace McCallum had a 14.300.

Up next, the two countries have the uneven bars in Rotation 2.

ROC topped the leaderboard in the qualifying stage, compiling a 171.629 total score. Biles and Team USA posted the second-best team score in qualifying but wound up more than a full point behind ROC. All eyes will be on the two squads as they square off Tuesday morning in the team final beginning at 6:45 a.m. ET.

The event marks Biles’ first chance of adding to her Olympic medal collection, which already features four golds and a bronze from the 2016 Rio Games. She is joined by 20-year-old Jordan Chiles, 18-year-old Suni Lee and 18-year-old Grace McCallum in the team event. Lee posted the third-best all-around score in qualifying, while McCallum finished 13th and Chiles landed in 40th.

ROC did not have a top-three finisher in the individual all-around standings, but it swept fourth, fifth and sixth. Angelina Melnikova, who finished fourth in qualifying, is the veteran of the group at 21 years old.

Elsewhere in the competition, China is in line for its second straight bronze medal after posting the third-best score in qualifying. France and Belgium will also be contending for spots on the podium.