Simone Biles withdraws from women's all-round final
Simone Biles, the defending champion in all-around event of women’s artistic gymnastics, has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympic Games competition to be held on Thursday “to focus on her mental health”.
TOKYO: Simone Biles, the defending champion in all-around event of women's artistic gymnastics, has withdrawn from the Tokyo Olympic Games competition to be held on Thursday "to focus on her mental health".
"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympic Games, in order to focus on her mental health," read a statement from USA Gymnastics posted on Twitter on Wednesday. The 24-year-old Simone, a six-time Olympics medallist, had withdrawn from the finals of the team all-round event on Tuesday due to mental health concerns.
USA Gymnastics is yet to give clarity on her participation in the individual finals next week. "Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week's individual event finals. Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, will participate in her place in the all-around. "We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many," the statement concluded.
Earlier in the day, USA Gymnastics had confirmed that Simone had gone for practice.
Biles pulled out from the women's team final after missing an attempt on a two-and-a-half twisting vault. She performed just one-and-a-half twists, landed in a deep squat and scored just 13.733. IANS