Simone Biles was in an emergency room due to a kidney stone late Friday night and early Saturday morning in Qatar, less than 24 hours before she and the U.S. women compete in qualifying at the world championships in Doha.
“Nothing like a late night ER visit less than 24 hrs before world championships,” her account tweeted. “This kidney stone can wait…. doing it for my team! I’ll be gucci girls.”
Biles and her teammates begin qualifying at 11 a.m. ET (NBCSports.com/live and the NBC Sports app). Biles is on the start list for all four apparatuses.
Biles could miss an earlier practice Saturday morning.
The U.S. won the last five combined Olympic and world team titles dating to 2011. Biles won all three world all-around titles in the last Olympic cycle and can break the female record with a fourth gold Thursday.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly stated U.S. women’s qualifying started at 4 a.m. local time Saturday.
Alistair Brownlee is already the only triathlete with multiple Olympic titles. In July, he is reportedly leaning toward another impressive feat, to win an Olympic gold medal the summer after completing the Kona Ironman World Championships.
The Brit Brownlee said he is “definitely swinging towards” trying to qualify for the Tokyo Games, according to the Times of London. Brownlee’s manager confirmed the stance while noting that his result in the Ironman Western Australia on Dec. 1 will play into the ultimate decision.
Brownlee previously reportedly said he was “50-50” on going for the Olympics and that he had to decide between focusing on the shorter Olympic distance or the Ironman, which includes a 2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike and a marathon.
Other Olympic triathletes transitioned to the Ironman and never went back, such as 2008 Olympic champion Jan Frodenoof Germany and two-time U.S. Olympian Sarah True.
Brownlee finished 21st in Kona on Oct. 12 in 8 hours, 25 minutes, 3 seconds, which was 33:50 behind the winner Frodeno.
Brownlee won four half Ironmans between 2017 and 2018 (sandwiched by a hip surgery), then finished second to Frodeno at the Ironman 70.3 World Championship on Sept. 2.
One other triathlete won an Olympic title after completing the Kona Ironman — Austrian Kate Allen, who was seventh in Kona in 2002, then took gold at the 2004 Athens Games.
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it has registered an appeal by track coach Alberto Salazar against his ban for doping violations, though a hearing will take several months to prepare.
CAS says Salazar and Dr. Jeffrey Brown appealed against their four-year bans by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.
After a multi-year USADA investigation, Salazar and Brown were found guilty of doping violations linked to the Nike Oregon Project training camp. USADA said Salazar ran experiments with supplements and testosterone, and possessed and trafficked the banned substance.
The case also related to falsified and incomplete medical records that disguised the work.
CAS says Salazar and Brown asked for more time to file “written submissions and evidence,” adding the hearing is “unlikely to take place before March.”
Verdicts typically take at least a further several weeks.