Simone Biles Withdraws From Ground Closing; Jennifer Gadirova Will Change Her

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Simone Biles Withdraws From Floor Final; Jennifer Gadirova Will Replace Her

Simone Biles has withdrawn from her third Olympic single machine final.

Biles withdrew from the floor exercise finals scheduled for Monday on Sunday, USA Gymnastics said in a statement. She had previously said that she would not compete on the uneven bars or in the jumping finals, which are scheduled for Sunday evening.

Her last potential event at the Tokyo Games would be the balance beam, and USA Gymnastics said she would make a decision soon.

“Either way, we are all behind you, Simone,” said a statement from the organization.

MyKayla Skinner, another American, will take Biles’ place in the Vault Finals. In the floor exercise, Jennifer Gadirova from Great Britain will move into Biles Platz.

Biles, the most decorated gymnast in history, was about to repeat herself as an all-around champion, but she pulled out of the all-around and team finals last week because of mental health problems. She said that she was mentally unprepared for competitions and that she also had to contend with a common gymnastics problem, namely that she became disoriented when performing daring maneuvers in the air.

She left the team final after the jump and was in the stands to watch her teammate Sunisa Lee win the all-around event. Lee became the fifth straight American to win this tournament, after Carly Patterson in 2004, Nastia Liukin in 2008, Gabby Douglas in 2012, and Biles in 2016.

Lee’s next chance for a medal is on Sunday on the uneven bars, her best competition.