Simone Biles withdraws from all-around gymnastics competition and won’t defend her title

TOKYO – Simone Biles will not defend her Olympic title.

The American gymnastics superstar pulled out of Thursday’s all-around to focus on his mental well-being.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday that the 24-year-old is choosing not to compete. The decision comes a day after Biles pulled out of the team final after a rotation because she felt she was not mentally ready.

Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying, will replace Biles in the all-around. Carey did not qualify initially as she was the third American behind Biles and Sunisa Lee. The rules of the International Gymnastics Federation limit countries to two athletes per event in the final.

The organization said Biles will be assessed daily before deciding whether to participate in individual events next week. Biles qualified for the four apparatus final, which she didn’t even do during her five medals in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

The 24-year-old has come to Tokyo arguably as the face of the Games following the retirement of swimmer Michael Phelps and sprinter Usain Bolt. She dominated qualifying on Sunday despite accumulating mandatory deductions on vault, floor and beam following unstable outings.

She posted on social media on Monday that she felt the weight of the world on her shoulders. The weight became too heavy after the jump in the team finals. She got lost in the air and completed 1 1/2 turns instead of 2 1/2. She saw US team doctor Marcia Faustin before leaving the playing field.

Upon her return, she took off her bar grips, hugged teammates Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum and Jordan Chiles, and transformed into the team’s chief cheerleader as the United States won. the money behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

“Once I got here (to compete) I was like, ‘No mind, not there, so I just have to let the girls do it and focus on myself,'” Biles said after the show. medal ceremony.

The decision opens the door wide to the all-around competition, a title that has long been considered to be won in advance. Rebeca Andrade of Brazil was second behind Biles in qualifying, followed by Lee and Russians Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova. The four were separated by three tenths of a point on Sunday.

Carey now finds herself in the final, ending a remarkable run for the 21-year-old from Phoenix. She spent two years traveling the world with the goal of accumulating enough points on the World Cup circuit to earn an individual nominative spot, meaning she would compete in the Olympics but technically not be part of the US team of four women.

Carey had the second best score on vault and the third best on floor in qualifying, earning trips to the finals of the event. Now she finds herself competing for an all-around medal while replacing the athlete considered the greatest of all time in the sport.

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