Tokyo Olympics: Simone Biles pulls out of floor exercise final

TOKYO — American gymnast Simone Biles withdrew from the individual finals for the floor exercise at the Tokyo Games on Sunday, and her status for the balance beam final will be determined before the final, USA Gymnastics said.

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On Saturday, Biles, 24, pulled out of the individual finals for vault and uneven bars at the Olympics. She previously withdrew from the team and individual all-around finals at the Olympics in order to focus on mental health concerns. Biles won gold in Rio de Janeiro in the event and placed second in qualifying last week.

“Simone has withdrawn from the event final for floor and will make a decision on beam later this week,” USA Gymnastics said in a tweet. “Either way, we’re all behind you, Simone.”

Jennifer Gadirova of Britain will replace Biles in the finals, according to The Associated Press.

Biles, who captured four gold medals, including the all-around title, at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, qualified to compete in the vault and uneven bars, which are scheduled for Sunday, ESPN reported. The floor exercise is set for Monday and the balance beam is scheduled for Tuesday. Biles has not said whether she would compete in balance beam finals.

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Biles returned to the Tokyo games as arguably the biggest star of the 2020 games and had been projected to win a record five gold medals, USA Today reported.

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She pulled out of the team competition on Tuesday after one event, saying mental health concerns were manifesting themselves in “the twisties,” where she lost her awareness while in midair.

“I can’t even fathom twisting,” Biles wrote on Instagram. “I seriously cannot comprehend how to twist.”

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