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Simone Biles pulls out from all-around final at Tokyo 2020, says she has to focus on her mental health

Posted: Wednesday, July 28, 2021. 10:52 am CST.

Photo Credit: USA Gymnastics

By Rubén Morales Iglesias: Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to focus on her mental health said USA Gymnastics on Wednesday.

“After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics Games, in order to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said on Twitter on Wednesday. “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals.”

“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,” USA Gymnastics added.

USA Gymnastics said Jade Carey, who had the ninth highest score in qualifications, would take Simone’s place in the all-around.

On Tuesday, Simone had withdrawn from the Team Finals at Tokyo. She said later that she was having mental issues and felt the United States stood a better chance of winning a medal if she withdrew. Her teammates went on to win the silver medal. Being part of the team, Simone still got her medal.

“We could not be prouder of how this team handled things tonight. From Simone’s bravery and selflessness to the team’s ability to adapt quickly and perform so well, these young women inspired us all,” tweeted USA Gymnastics CEO Li Li Leung.

Biles who had been the favourite to win five gold medals at Tokyo has been under extreme pressure and that took its toll on her. Her mental health issues have brought the topic to the forefront at the Olympics with many people rallying behind her.

She qualified to the finals of the all-around and the individual finals in each apparatus: vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor exercise.

So, the possibility of fans seeing her perform again is still there, but it will depend on her wellbeing.


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