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Simone Biles: US gymnastics star withdraws from Monday’s women’s floor final at the Tokyo Olympics |  Olympic Games News


Simone Biles withdrew from the women’s all-around final to “protect” her sanity; The 24-year-old then retired from the individual finals on vault and uneven bars, followed by the floor final on Sunday; Biles is still expected to make the beam final on Wednesday

Last update: 08/01/21 7:38 am

Simone Biles has retired from Monday’s women’s floor final at the Tokyo Olympics.

This follows the 24-year-old’s decision to withdraw from the all-around final and individual finals on vault and uneven bars.

In a brief statement, USA Gymnastics said: “Simone has retired from the floor event final and will make a decision on the beam later this week. We are all behind you anyway, Simone. “

Biles’ removal from the floor final means Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova, who was the first reserve after last week’s qualifying process, joins her twin sister Jessica in the field of eight.

The American is still scheduled to make the beam final on Wednesday, although any further Tokyo Games appearances now have to be seriously questioned.

Biles was a vocal presence in the Ariake Arena as she encouraged her teammate Sunisa Lee to win all-around gold on Friday.

On Saturday, she explained on social media that she was experiencing a phenomenon known as “twisting,” which primarily afflicts a gymnast’s spatial awareness.

The reigning four-time Olympic champion wrote: “It never transferred to bars and beam for me. This time around it’s literally in every event that sucks.

“(You) literally can’t tell the top from the bottom. It’s the craziest feeling ever, not having an inch of control over your body.”

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