Simone Biles withdraws from her signature event, the floor exercise

The four-time Olympic champion hasn't lost a global meet on the event in her career

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Simone Biles won't defend her Rio 2016 title on the floor exercise, according to a statement Sunday (1 August) from USA Gymnastics. Biles has claimed the world floor exercise title five times in her career: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019.

"Simone has withdrawn from the event for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week. Either way, we're all behind you," read the statement from USA Gymnastics.

Biles withdrawal comes after she scratched the final three events of the women's team final after getting lost attempting to perform a two-and-a-half twisting vault. She later announced she would not participate in the all-around, vault and uneven bars finals.

With Biles out of the floor exercise, Team GB's Jennifer Gadirova will now be in the final to which twin sister Jessica had already qualified.

The six-time Olympic medallist, who won four golds at Rio 2016, has been dealing with the 'twisties,' a phenomenon in gymnastics where an athlete's body does not respond as it has in the past.

"My mind and body are simply not in sync,” Biles wrote in an Instagram story post Friday. "For anyone saying I quit. I didn't quit.”

Biles could still return to competition on the final day (3 August) of artistic gymnastics competition in the balance beam final.