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Simone Biles withdrew from the Women’s Team 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

Last updated: 08/02/21 10:23 AM

Simone Biles set to compete in beam final

Simone Biles will compete in the balance beam final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday, USA Gymnastics has announced.

The 24-year-old has not competed since retiring at the start of the women’s team final last week, citing a desire to protect her sanity.

However, Biles was confirmed on the official start list as the third of eight finalists.

USA Gymnastics tweeted: “We are delighted to confirm that you will see two American athletes in the beam final tomorrow – Suni Lee and Simone Biles !!”

Biles had previously retired from the individual all-around, vault, bars and floor finals in Tokyo after retiring from the women’s team final.

In a social media post on Friday, the American admitted that she continues to suffer from a phenomenon known as “torsion,” which can affect a gymnast’s spatial awareness.

The four-time Olympic champion wrote on Instagram: “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.”

However, Biles now looks set to compete in the beam final – an event in which she is the reigning world champion, having also won Olympic bronze at the Rio Games in 2016.

Whitlock: “Incredible” Biles showed strength

Max Whitlock praised the “incredible” Biles for prioritizing his mental health during the Tokyo Olympics.

Team GB’s Whitlock, who won gold defending her individual pommel horse title on Sunday, praised the American gymnast for her bravery, describing her as the greatest of all time.

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Max Whitlock praised Biles for prioritizing his mental health during Tokyo 2020

Max Whitlock praised Biles for prioritizing his mental health during Tokyo 2020

“She’s amazing and I think what she’s done here shows a lot of strength,” Whitlock told Sky Sports News.

“It’s probably one of the hardest things for her to do. It’s really tough. She has shown a lot of torsion issues and mental issues with her gymnastics.

“She also has ridiculous pressure on her shoulders, labeled the GOAT in every competition she competes in. The best ever, she really is, but continuing at this level is tough.

“I’ve said this before and I’m so thankful that I went through this process and got results, but it’s 10 times harder to get more results.

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American athletes have shown their support for Biles and his decision to withdraw from several events in Tokyo

American athletes have shown their support for Biles and his decision to withdraw from several events in Tokyo

“A lot of people look at someone who’s peaked in their careers and they think the next one is actually easier because they’ve already done it, the pressure is released, the next one is a bonus.

“Well, it actually works the other way around and it’s really hard to deal with mentally for any athlete.

“So she showed so much strength to do what she did and make the right decision for her.

“I wish her all the best and hope we can see her compete in Tokyo, it will be a dream for her but if not, I hope we see her continue.”

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