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In stunner, US gymnastics phenom Biles quits Tokyo final; Russia takes gold

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TOKYO, Japan — Simone Biles came to Tokyo as the star of the US Olympic movement and perhaps the Games themselves.

It all came to a stunning halt in the women’s gymnastics final on Tuesday night. A wonky vault to start the competition left her huddling with the US team doctor before heading backstage for a few moments.

When she re-emerged, she hugged her teammates, took off her bar grips and put on a sweatsuit, having been dropped from the three concluding rotations.

She later said “mental health” concerns had led to her withdrawal from the women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.

“I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and my wellbeing,” the 24-year-old American said in tearful comments after the competition.

USA Gymnastics said in a statement Biles had been withdrawn from the final because of an unspecified “medical issue” and would be assessed daily to determine whether she can........

© The Times of Israel

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