Gymnastics: Bee sends world champ Simone Biles into a panic on medal podium

Winner Simone Biles of the US (right) and second placed Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania react from a bee buzzing past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10,
Winner Simone Biles of the US (right) and second placed Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania react from a bee buzzing past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US (right) and second placed Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania react to a bee buzzing past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHO
Winner Simone Biles of the US (right) and second placed Larisa Andreea Iordache of Romania react to a bee buzzing past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US reacts as a bee (top right) buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US reacts as a bee (top right) buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US reacts as a bee (right) buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US reacts as a bee (right) buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US (left) reacts as a bee buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. On the right is second placed Kyla Ross of the US. -- PHOTO:
Winner Simone Biles of the US (left) reacts as a bee buzzes past during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. On the right is second placed Kyla Ross of the US. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US throws a bouquet as she reacts against a bee during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP
Winner Simone Biles of the US throws a bouquet as she reacts against a bee during the awards ceremony of the women's all-around final at the gymnastics world championships in Nanning on Oct 10, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

TOKYO (AFP) - US gymnastics queen Simone Biles got more than she bargained for when she was handed her gold medal at the world championships on Friday - a fright from a bee.

The 17-year-old, with her medal around her neck, shouted and ran around the podium in panic after retaining her all-around title when the bee emerged from her bouquet of flowers.

Unsure what to do, Biles finally threw the bouquet at the intruder, which also swerved toward flowers held by her teammate Kyla Ross, who finished third behind Biles and Romanian Larisa Andreea Iordache.

"There was a bee on my flowers and then Larisa told me so I tried to get the bee off and then the bee chased me, and then it got on Kyla," said Biles.

"I'm so sorry Kyla. I just don't do bugs."

"I don't like bees at all. I just didn't want it to sting me because I've never been stung before by a bee or a wasp and I kind of freaked out."

A near-capacity crowd was in attendance at the 4,000-seater Guangxi Gymnasium in Nanning, China.