Simone Biles withdraws from US team during Olympic final due to a medical issue

Simone Biles during the Women's Floor Final at Rio Olympic Arena. /VCG Photo

American artistic gymnast Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue.

USA gymnastics said Simone will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.

Tokyo 2020 News reports that just moments after marching out on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Biles had a scary warm-up vault.

After blocking off the vaulting table, the 24-year-old appeared to get lost in the air, opening out after doing just one-and-a-half of her planned two-and-a-half twists. The same error occurred in competition, as Biles, the reigning Olympic champion on the event, scored just 13.733.

After vault, Biles sat on the sideline talking with coach Cecile Landi and the USA Gymnastics athletic trainer.

Their discussion ended with Biles and the trainer leaving the field of play together. By the time they returned, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee were already in their one touch warm-up, signalling it was unlikely Biles would participate.

(With input from Tokyo 2020 news)