Simone Biles withdraws from the person all-round gymnastics competitors on the Olympic Video games in Tokyo with a purpose to focus on psychological well-being

TOKYO – Gymnastics superstar and defending champion Simone Biles withdrew from the individual all-around competition at the games in Tokyo on Thursday in order to concentrate on her mental wellbeing.

The decision will be made one day after Biles removed himself from the team finals after a rotation in the jump. She cited her mental health as the reason when speaking to the media after the competition.

“After another medical examination, Simone Biles withdrew from the last individual all-around event at the Tokyo Olympics to focus on her mental health,” USA Gymnastics said in a statement on Wednesday evening. “We support Simone’s decision wholeheartedly and praise her courage to put her wellbeing first. Her courage shows once again why she is a role model for so many.”

Biles was the overwhelming favorite that he could repeat as an individual all-around champion. But her status was left in doubt after Tuesday’s outing, and she told the media she wasn’t sure she could run on Thursday.

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Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying, will take Biles’ place in the all-around event. Carey was initially unable to qualify as she was the third-placed American behind Biles and Sunisa Lee. The rules of the International Gymnastics Federation limit the countries to two athletes per event in the final.

USA Gymnastics said Biles will be assessed before deciding whether to attend next week’s individual events. Biles qualified for the final on all four machines, which she failed to achieve during her five medal wins at the 2016 Games in Rio de Janeiro. Jumping and floor exercises – the first two individual events – are planned for Sunday. Biles won gold at both events in Rio.

After the resignation of swimmer Michael Phelps and sprinter Usain Bolt, 24-year-old Biles came to Tokyo as the face of the games. She led the qualifying on Sunday, despite accumulating mandatory deductions for jump, floor and beam after shaky exits.

She posted on social media on Monday that she feels the weight of the world on her shoulders. The weight became too heavy after vaulting during the team final. She lost herself in the air and completed 1½ turns instead of 2½. She consulted with US team doctor Marcia Faustin before leaving the field.

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When Biles returned, she took off her handlebar grips, hugged her teammates Sunisa Lee, Grace McCallum, and Jordan Chiles, and turned into the team’s cheerleader as the US took silver behind the Russian Olympic Committee.

“I got out of here once [to compete], I thought: ‘No, mentally is not there, so I just have to let the girls do it and concentrate on myself,’ “Biles said after the award ceremony.

The decision leaves the door wide open for the all-around competition, a title that has long been taken for granted. Rebeca Andrade from Brazil finished second behind Biles in qualifying, followed by Lee and ROCs Angelina Melnikova and Vladislava Urazova. The four separated three tenths of a point from each other on Sunday.

Carey is now in the final and crowns a remarkable trip for the 21-year-old from Phoenix. She spent two years traveling the world trying to score enough points in the World Cup to secure an individual nominative spot, which meant she would be in the Olympics but technically not part of the US team of four would be.

Carey scored the second best score in the jump and third best on the floor during qualifying, earning trips to the event finals in the process. Now she’s battling for an all-round medal while replacing the athlete considered the greatest of all time in the sport.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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