Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Simone Biles withdraws from all-around final ‘to focus on mental health’

  • Jul 28, 2021
  • Author: QT-Online
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Day five of Tokyo 2020 is underway with Simone Biles deciding to withdraw from Thursday’s women’s all-around final.
The 24-year-old pulled out after one rotation of the women’s team final on Tuesday in Tokyo, citing mental health concerns. USA Gymnastics said Biles is yet to decide whether to withdraw from her four individual finals, which are scheduled to take place next week.
In a statement, USA Gymnastics said: “After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition. We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and applaud her bravery in prioritising her well-being. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many.”
Elsewhere, swimming great Katie Ledecky again suffered a shock defeat to Australian Ariarne Titmus in the 200m freestyle final, after Titmus also won the 400m earlier this week in dramatic fashion. Ledecky had one more chance in the inaugural Olympic 1500m even, and this time she didn’t disappoint, clinching gold in Tokyo at the third time of asking.
The Team USA men’s gymnastics team will field competitors Sam Mikulak and Brody Malone in the men’s individual all-around competition. The US men’s basketball team will also try and bounce back from their defeat to France when they take on Iran.