Simone Biles withdraws from event final for floor exercise at Tokyo 2020

Silver medallist Simone Biles of the United States wearing a protective face mask looks on at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo July 27, 2021. — Reuters pic
Silver medallist Simone Biles of the United States wearing a protective face mask looks on at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, Tokyo July 27, 2021. — Reuters pic

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TOKYO, Aug 1 — Simone Biles is withdrawing from the event final for floor exercise at Tokyo 2020, USA Gymnastics said on Sunday, adding that she would make a decision later this week on the one remaining event she is qualified for, the beam.

Biles shocked the world when she withdrew from the team finals on Tuesday, citing mental health issues, and has since withdrawn for all the other competitions she was elegible for, except the beam, which takes place on Tuesday.

“Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision later this week on beam,” USA Gymnastics said in a Tweeted statement.

“Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.”

There was no immediate information on who would take her place. — Reuters

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