Simone Biles pulls out of her pet event
USA Gymnastics said in a statement that the American lass, who has claimed the world floor exercise title five times in her career: 2013, 2014, 2015, 2018 and 2019, would not be competing in Tokyo.
“Simone has withdrawn from the event for floor and will decide on beam later after she scratched the final three events of the Women’s team final after getting lost attempting to perform a two-and-a-half twisting vault.
She later announced she would not participate in the all-around, vault and uneven bars finals.
With Biles out of the floor exercise, Great Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova will now be in the final to which twin-sister Jessica had already qualified.
The six-time Olympic Medallist, who won four Golds at Rio 2016, has been dealing with the ‘twisties,’ a phenomenon in gymnastics where an athlete’s body does not respond as it has in the past.
She Instagrammed two days ago: “My mind and body are simply not in sync. For anyone saying I quit. I didn’t quit.”
Biles could still return to the competition on the final day on Tuesday (3) of the artistic gymnastics competition in the balance beam final.