Russian Olympic Committee wins gold in women’s team gymnastics as Team USA hit by Simone Biles withdrawal

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By Aleks Klosok, CNN

The Russian Olympic Committee (ROC) won a melodramatic women’s squad gymnastic last to instrumentality the golden medal aft Team USA was deed by the withdrawal of Simone Biles.

After 4 rotations, the ROC’s Vladislava Urazova, Viktoriia Listunova, Angelina Melnikova achieved a full people of 169.528 points with defending champion Team USA having to sette for metallic with 166.096.

Great Britain took bronze with a people of 164.096.

The ROC’s golden is the archetypal successful the women’s squad lawsuit since the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Victory besides secured a celebrated treble for the ROC aft the men won golden successful Monday’s squad event.

“We inactive can’t judge it’s happening. The intolerable is imaginable now,” said Russian gymnast Angelina Melnikova, who cried aft finishing her level routine.

“We worked highly hard, we were fundamentally successful a closed grooming campy for a twelvemonth and a half, moving for this moment.

“I knew that it was depending connected maine and I was feeling overwhelming happiness … knew I had done my job.”

Tuesday’s competition, though, was dominated by Biles’ withdrawal for “medical issues” aft the opening rotation.

In a connection posted connected Twitter, USA Gymnastics said Biles would beryllium “assessed regular to find aesculapian clearance for aboriginal competitions.”

If passed acceptable to compete, Biles’ adjacent lawsuit could beryllium the women’s all-round final. The American is hoping to adhd to her haul of 4 golden medals won astatine the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Biles inactive has 5 golden medal events remaining and should she triumph them each the 24-year-old would necktie Russian gymnast Larisa Latynina’s women’s grounds of 9 golden medals.

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