Ragan Smith out of gymnastics worlds with injury

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U.S. champion Ragan Smith suffered an ankle injury and withdrew minutes before the world gymnastics championships all-around final in Montreal on Friday night.

Smith was seen inside the 1976 Olympic Stadium on crutches after rolling her ankle warming up for her first event — vault.

She was taken for X-Rays, according to USA Gymnastics.

“I could not see exactly how bad it is,” U.S. national team coordinator Valeri Liukin said. “She just landed a little sideways on her vault. I was hoping it’s not that bad. I thought she would get up.”

Teammate Morgan Hurd went on to win the U.S.’ seventh straight Olympic or world all-around title (full story here).

Smith’s score from qualifying was seven tenths of a point better than Hurd’s total Friday.

Both of the pre-meet favorites suffered leg injuries that wiped them out of the competition.

Romanian Larisa Iordache, a two-time world all-around medalist, tore an Achilles warming up for floor exercise before qualification on Wednesday.

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