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Simone Biles pulls out of a 2nd event at the Tokyo Olympics, citing mental health concerns

INSIDER logo INSIDER 7/28/2021 insider@insider.com (Will Martin,Barnaby Lane)
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  • Simone Biles has withdrawn from a second event at the Tokyo Olympics.
  • USA Gymnastics said Biles was pulling out of the individual all-around to focus on her mental health.
  • On Tuesday, Biles withdrew from the team all-around mid-event following a poor showing on the vault.
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Simone Biles has withdrawn from the individual all-around event at the Tokyo Olympics, USA Gymnastics announced Wednesday.

"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition," a statement read.

"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."

The 24-year-old has reached all five individual gymnastics finals in Tokyo.

She was set to defend her all-around title on Thursday. It remains unclear whether she will compete in the finals of the vault and uneven bars on Sunday, floor on Monday, and beam on Tuesday.

Biles had on Tuesday withdrawn from the team all-around event after registering her lowest ever Olympic vault score in the opening rotation.


Video: Biles pulls out of individual all-around competition in Tokyo to focus on mental health (Reuters)

Her team at the time cited a "medical issue" - however she then clarified that she had taken the decision to pull out to Biles to focus on her mental health.

"After the performance I did, I just didn't want to go on," she said. "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.

"I don't trust myself as much anymore. Maybe it's getting older. There were a couple of days when everybody tweets you and you feel the weight of the world.

"We're not just athletes. We're people at the end of the day and sometimes you just have to step back."

Biles is the most successful US gymnast of all time having won a combined 31 Olympic and World Championship medals, 23 of which are gold.

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