Daily US Times: Simone Biles, American gymnast and four-time Olympic gold medallist, has withdrawn from Thursday’s individual all-around final in Tokyo.
Biles, the most successful gymnast of the United States of all time, said she had to focus on her mental health after pulling out of the women’s team final on Tuesday.
Her fellow athletes and the head of the US Olympic team praised Biles’ decision to prioritise her mental wellbeing.
She has reached all five individual finals in Tokyo.
The 24-year-old was due to defend her all-around title on Thursday before competing in the finals of the vault and uneven bars on Sunday, 1 August, floor on Monday, 2 August and beam on Tuesday, 3 August.
USA gymnastics said in a statement: “Simone will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether or not to participate in next week’s individual event finals.
The statement said the authorities support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritising her wellbeing.
”Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many,” it added.
Simone Biles scored her lowest Olympic vault score in the opening rotation before withdrawing herself from the team final.
She left the stadium but returned to support her team-mates as the defending champions claimed silver medal behind the Russian Olympic Committee.
Team silver in the current Olympics was her sixth Olympic medal and took her tally of Olympic and World Championship medals to 30.