Simone Biles withdraws from floor final at Tokyo Olympics

Simone Biles withdraws from floor final at Tokyo Olympics
Source: AFP
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Daily US Times: Simone Biles has withdrawn from Monday’s floor final but is yet to make a decision on whether she will compete in the beam final on Tuesday.

The four-time Olympic champion had already withdrawn from individual all-around final and the women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health.

The 24-year-old US gymnast also withdrew from Sunday’s vault and uneven bars finals.

USA Gymnastics said in a tweet: “We’re all behind you, Simone.”

Simone Biles’s withdrawing means Great Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova enters the floor final having been first reserve.

The superstar US athlete had her lowest Olympic vault score in the opening rotation before withdrawing from the team final on 26 July.

She left the stadium but returned to support her fellow athletes as the defending champions claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

Team silver in Tokyo was her sixth Olympic medal and took her tally of Olympic and World Championship medals to 30.

Simone Biles said about her decision: “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health. I just think mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.”

“We have to protect our minds and our bodies and not just go out and do what the world wants us to do.”

Biles said ”We’re people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back.”

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