Tokyo 2020 Live Updates: Simone Biles 'Dealing with Some Things,' Expects to Compete in All-Around

Live Updates

Day four of Tokyo 2020 has seen Simone Biles pull out of a dramatic gymnastics team final, where the USA hopes to defeat Russian Olympic Committee athletes to a gold medal. Naomi Osaka also left the Games without a medal after the Japanese star made a series of errors in a match. But Team USA continues to collect gold medals after strong performances throughout Tuesday, putting the country back in first place on the medal table.

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USA Gymnastics Silver Medal
Silver medalists USA's Sunisa Lee, USA's Grace Mc Callum USA's Simone Biles and USA's Jordan Chiles wave on the podium of the artistic gymnastics women's team final during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 27, 2021. LOIC VENANCE/AFP via Getty Images

Simone Biles said she was "second-guessing" herself after vault perfromance

Simone Biles said she decided to withdraw from the gymnastics team finals after a shakey vault performance because she was "second-guessing" herself.

"I didn't want to go into any of the other events second-guessing myself," Biles said. "So I thought it would be better if I took a step back and let these girls go out there and do their job."

Right now, Biles said she is focusing on her mental well-being.

She told reporters she was not injured, but she "didn't want to do go out and do something stupid and get hurt."

"I'm not in the right headspace," Biles said. "I'm not going to lose a medal for this country and for these girls. They worked too hard ... it's not worth it, especially when you have three amazing athletes who can step up."

Biles said she was "frustrated" over how the event played out but was proud of her teammates for stepping up to secure the silver medal.

"We hope America still loves us," Biles added.

Russia media hails ROC gymnastics team the "best in the world"

Russian media hailed the Russia Olympic Committee team as the "best in the world" after its gold medal win over Team USA.

"Russian gymnasts have proven that they are the best in the world," was the headline in the mass-circulation tabloid Komsomolskaya Pravda, which added: "Our girls are our pride!"

Read the full story here.

17-year-old Alaskan swimmer stuns in gold medal breaststroke win

Seventeen-year-old swimmer Lydia Jacoby pulled out a surprise gold medal win in the women's 100-meter breaststroke.

The Alaskan native upset her teammate and defending champion Lilly King, who finished with a bronze medal.

"I was definitely racing for a medal. I knew I had it in me," Jacoby said, according to the Associated Press. "I wasn't really expecting a gold medal, so when I looked up and saw the scoreboard it was insane."


Relive the moment Lydia Jacoby's friends and family cheered her on to GOLD from Seward, Alaska. #TokyoOlympics

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 27, 2021

Jacoby, from the small town of Seward, is the first Alaska swimmer to ever make the U.S. Olympic team.

"A lot of big-name swimmers come from big, powerhouse clubs," Jacoby said. "Me coming from a small club, in a state with such a small population, really shows everyone that you can do it no matter where you're from."

Jacoby won with a time of 1:4.95 seconds. South Africa's Tatjana Schoenmaker claimed the silver in 1:05.22, while King earned bronze in 1:05.54.

U.S. synchronized diving, equestrian teams pick up silver medals

Team USA picked up more silver medals Tuesday.

Jessica Paraatto and Delaney Schnell earned the U.S.'s first-ever medal in women's synchronized diving 10-meter platform.

Tears were indeed produced watching @jessicaparratto and Delaney Schnell make history. 🥲

The first-ever medal for #TeamUSA in women's synchro 10m platform. #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 27, 2021

The U.S. equestrian team also secured a second-place finish in team dressage.

THAT. JUST. HAPPENED. #USADressage is 🥈 at the #TokyoOlympics 🙌 #TeamUSA

— US Equestrian (@USequestrian) July 27, 2021

Simone Biles "dealing with things internally," plans to return for all-arounds

After pulling out of the gymnastics team finals Tuesday, Simone Biles tells reporters that she is "dealing with things internally."

"I'm just dealing with things internally that will get fixed in the next couple of days," she said.

She said she expects to return Thursday for the women's all-around finals.

Simone Biles speaking after her dramatic health-related exit from the team #gymnastics: "I’m ok. Just dealing with some things internally which will get fixed out in the next couple of days."

Asked, see you back here on Thursday? “Yes,” she said.

— Mark Woods (@markbritball) July 27, 2021

She said she was proud of her teammates for stepping up without her to earn a silver medal.

"For me, I'm proud for how the girls stepped up and did what they had to do," she said. "I owe this to the girls, it has nothing to do with me. I am very proud of them."

There were conflicting reports on whether Biles was out due to a medical or mental issue.

In an Instagram post Monday, Biles said she feels like "I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times."

Aly Raisman calls Simone Biles exit "devastating"

Former Team USA gymnast Aly Raisman showed her support for her former teammate after Simone Biles pulled out of the gymnastics team finals in Tokyo.

"I think that Simone is the biggest story going into the Olympics, so this is just—it's really, really devastating," Raisman said in an interview with TODAY. "But I think it's also just really important to think about how much pressure has been on her, and there's only so much that someone can take. She's human, and I think sometimes people forget that. And Simone, just like everyone else, is doing the best that she can."

Read the full story here.

Flora Duffy won Bermuda's first gold medal in women's triathlon

Four-time Olympian Flora Duffy won the women's triathlon to earn Bermuda's first-ever gold medal.

After finishing eighth in the 2016 Rio de Janeiro games, Duffy won the event with a time of 1:55:36.

Great Britain's Georgia Taylor-Brown took silver and Team USA's Katie Zaferes earned bronze.

Golden glory!

Flora Duffy wins the women's #Triathlon - it's #BER's first ever Olympic gold!@WorldTriathlon

— Olympics (@Olympics) July 26, 2021

US softball earns silver medal

Team USA earns silver after a 2-0 loss to Japan.

The final game in Tokyo was a rematch 13 years after Japan won gold in 2008.

In softball’s first appearance at the Olympics since 2008, @TeamUSA earns silver. 🥈#TokyoOlympics x @USASoftballWNT

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 27, 2021

Canada defeated Mexico 3-2 to earn the bronze.

Team USA earns silver in gymnastics, loses to Russia

After the last-minute exit of Simone Biles before the team finals, Jordan Chiles, Grace McCallum and Sunisa Lee rallied to earn Team USA the silver medal.

The U.S. women's gymnastics team earns silver at the #TokyoOlympics. 🥈

— #TokyoOlympics (@NBCOlympics) July 27, 2021

The Russian Olympic Committee pulled out the gold. Both the ROC men's and women's teams won first place Monday.

In a tight race for bronze, Great Britain battled back against Italy and Japan to earn third place.

US women's soccer ties, advances to quarterfinals

Despite a disappointing scoreless draw, the U.S. women's soccer team advances to the quarterfinals.

Team USA tied with Australia 0-0 Tuesday morning. However, that was enough to move to the knockout rounds Friday.

FINAL | A draw still gets it done. The 🇺🇸 is through to the quarterfinals at #Tokyo2020

— U.S. Soccer WNT (@USWNT) July 27, 2021

USA Gymnastics: Biles withdrawn due to 'medical issue'

Simone Biles has withdrawn from the team final competition due to a medical issue. She will be assessed daily to determine medical clearance for future competitions.

Team USA struggles to take gold in gymnastics final after Biles pulls out

There are fears the team would fall behind Chinese and Russian athletes after Simone Biles pulled out, but Suni Lee and Jordan Chiles' performances have taken Team USA to the brink of a gold medal.

Still second, but performances improving, mistakes on the ROC side could lead them to victory in this neck-and-neck competition.

Simons Biles pulls out of gymnastics team final

The reason behind the decision is not yet known but teammate Jordan Chiles will take her place, Team USA confirmed.

Biles' first performance was subject to a small penalty due to a flawed landing, leaving the Americans second to the ROC, with the gap now widening.

It will be a close fight for gold in this critical final for Team USA.

Simone Biles out of Olympics gymnastics final
Simone Biles pulled out the Women's Team Gymnastics final after failing to stick the landing during the vault. Getty Images

Confusion as Simone Biles walks out Olympic arena

It's not yet known why Biles left the arena. The world-class gymnast walked out, taking her hand grips off, after her first peformance.

She returned several minutes later but it is unknown if she will continue. Team USA is currently 2nd behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

We will bring you more as it happens.

Almost 3,000 new COVID cases in Tokyo - a record

Another 2,848 new COVID-19 infections were reported in Tokyo in the past 24 hours - a record for the city and double the number of cases yesterday.

Officials believe the city is firmly in the grips of a new wave after suffering heavily from the virus in January.

Simone Biles hopes to lead Team USA to another gymnastics gold

Pressure is on Biles to rally the women's gymnastics teams for the Americans to win their third consecutive gold medal on day four.

Her squad trail the team representing the Russian Olympic Committee heading into Tuesday's women's gymnastics team final.

Simone Biles prepares for Tokyo day four
Simone Biles of Team USA waves to the crowd during introductions prior to the Women's Team Final on day four of the Tokyo 2020 Ezra Shaw/Getty Images

Team USA through to soccer quarterfinals

The U.S. women's soccer team managed to draw against Australia in their match on Tuesday, allowing them to move through to the quarterfinals.

It is not yet known who the team will play against on Thursday.

Brazil's Italo Ferreira celebrates gold medal win

The surfer's board broke at the first wave but did not let that deter him, going on to win Brazil's first gold medal at Tokyo 2020.

Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira celebrates gold medal
Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira celebrates gold medal
Brazilian surfer Italo Ferreira celebrates gold medal

'I don't know what to say': Mathieu van der Poel speaks out after horror crash

The Netherlands cyclist suffered a terrifying fall in the opening stages of the cross country cycling event which ruled him out of winning a medal.

"I don't know what to say, but I'll be back," the 26-year-old posts on his Instagram.

He also congratulated Team GB's Tom Pidcock for getting gold.

Team USA returns to top medal table spot

It's official - after winning gold in surfing, Team USA has returned to the 1st place on the Olympic medals table, with nine golds, five silvers and eight bronzes.

The team now has the most medals overall, overtaking China.

'It just took off': Photographer who captured viral picture of Simone Biles speaks to Newsweek

A stunning photograph of U.S. gymnast Simone Biles performing a perfect rotation has taken the world of social media and beyond by storm. The image, captured by Irish photographer Bryan Keane, is "something special", according to his colleagues at Inpho Photography.

They were coming towards the end of the vault so I put it up to seven frames and brought my shutter speed up. The first shot on seven was Simone. I didn't know it was going to be her. That just happened to be her time to run and I nailed it in one shot.

I looked at it and thought it looked really nice and then went again and got another great shot of her. I went back to the press room and sent the pictures to one of the guys in the office and they were like 'woah that shot is something special'.

Simone Biles completed a perfect rotation
US gymnast Simone Biles completes a perfection rotation. Inpho Photography/Bryan Keane

Team USA wins gold at surfing

Carissa Moore has made history after winning the first gold medal in the sport, which is debuting this year.

The world champion surfer, from Hawaii, beat South Africa's Bianca Buitendag.


Hawaii's own @rissmoore10 catches gold in surfing's Olympic debut. #TokyoOlympics

— Team USA (@TeamUSA) July 27, 2021

Who tops the medals table?

China has leapfrogged the USA and Japan in the past 24 hours to take first place in the medals table with nine golds - but it remains a close race between the three countries.

Both Team USA and Team Japan have eight golds, meaning either team could take the top spot by the end of today. A major decider will be a head-to-head baseball match between the two teams to decide who takes gold, which starts at 7am ET.

Good morning and welcome to Newsweek's liveblog

As day four of Tokyo 2020 gets well underway, Naomi Osaka has been knocked out without a medal and the USA continues to perform well across swimming and shooting events.

Team USA goes up against Team Japan for the baseball gold in what is expected to be a dramatic game.

Stick with Newsweek for all the latest throughout Tuesday.