Simone Biles withdraws from two more events

Simone Biles withdraws from more Olympics event finals
Simone Biles. Source: AP
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Superstar US gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of Sunday’s vault and uneven bars gymnastics finals at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The four-time Olympic champion withdrew from Thursday’s individual all-around final as well as Tuesday’s women’s team final saying she had to focus on her mental health.

Thw 24-year-old athlete is yet to decide if she will compete in the floor (2 August) and balance beam (3 August) finals.

In a statement, the US Gymnastics said Biles would “continue to be evaluated daily”.

“After further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars,” it added.

Simone Biles scored her lowest Olympic vault score in the opening rotation before withdrawing herself from the team final.

She left the arena but returned to support her team as the defending champions claimed silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

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

Biles said: “After the performance I did, I just didn’t want to go on. I have to focus on my mental health,” adding that she thinks mental health is more prevalent in sports right now.

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

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