Tokyo Olympics; Simon Biles Withdraws from two more finals

Simone Biles has pulled out of two more Olympic finals at the Tokyo Games, USA Gymnastics. She has withdrawn from Vault and Uneven Bars. The decision was made after discussions with health workers.

Simon Biles, who is suffering from severe mental depression, announced her withdrawal from the Olympics the previous day. This is followed by a further withdrawal from the two more items.

The 24-year-old gymnastics great came to Tokyo seeking five gold medals to equal the Olympic all-time career record of nine, but withdrew during the women’s team competition and also skipped her all-around title defense, citing mental health issues.

Biles who won four gold medals at the 2016 Rio Olympics had entered the finals.

“It wasn’t an easy day or my best but I got through it. I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times. I know I brush it off and make it seem like pressure doesn’t affect me but damn sometimes it’s hard hahaha! The Olympics is no joke! BUT I’m happy my family was able to be with me virtually they mean the world to me,” Biles posted on her Instagram.

Comments came in support of her and many are applauding her on the strong decision.

Biles said on Friday she was struggling with the “twisties”, the mental block that has sidelined her in Tokyo.

She said previous bouts of ‘twisties’ had taken two or more weeks to pass, but there was “honestly no telling (the) time.

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Simona Byles is an American gymnast. The victory of the United States in the women’s team all-around category came against the backdrop of Simona’s performance. She is the first woman since 2013 to win ten gold medals in fourteen medals in the gymnastics category.

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