Gymnastics: Biles says 'mental health' concerns led to Olympic final withdrawal

Gymnastics: Biles says 'mental health' concerns led to Olympic final withdrawal

27/7/2021 6:05:00 PM

Gymnastics: Biles says 'mental health' concerns led to Olympic final withdrawal

TOKYO: Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles said 'mental health' concerns had led to her withdrawal from the women's team final at the Tokyo Olympics ...

BookmarkTOKYO: Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles said"mental health" concerns had led to her withdrawal from the women's team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday (Jul 27)."I have to do what's right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardise my health and my wellbeing," the 24-year-old American said after her team were beaten by the Russian quartet in her absence.

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AdvertisementAdvertisementBiles had been leading the US' defence of their women's gymnastics team title, and was looking to add to her haul of four gold medals won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.Biles exited the final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre after a lacklustre opening vault and walked off the competition floor before returning a short time later.

The US team immediately withdrew her from the rest of the final.AdvertisementAdvertisementAfter she joined her teammates to collect their silver medals, four-time Olympic champion Biles confirmed she had not been injured.She said:"I just don't trust myself as much as I used to, and I don't know if it's age. I'm a little bit more nervous when I do gymnastics. headtopics.com

"I feel like I'm also not having as much fun, and I know that this Olympic Games, I wanted it to be for myself," she said, as she began to cry."It just sucks that it happens here at the Olympics Games ... with the year that it's been, I'm really not surprised the way it played out."

AdvertisementIf Biles is unable to continue in Tokyo, it would mark a stunning turn of events at a Games she had been strongly expected to dominate.She had been bidding to become the first woman in more than half a century to retain the all-around title, and had a realistic chance of equalling Soviet gymnast Larisa Latynina's record of nine Olympic gold medals.

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Nih dizamirza naomi-esque ? I understand that people would have mental health issues but that’s what makes athletes a cut above the rest because they can overcome their emotions. They never give up even if they lose. But now, mental health becomes an excuse when one fails to win. I don’t get it.