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Simone Biles withdraws from two more events as the US gymnast continues to battle mental health issues

Simone Biles has withdrawn from the vault and uneven bar apparatus finals at the Tokyo Olympics on Saturday as the US gymnast continued to wrestle with mental health issues.

Biles had earlier stunned the Tokyo Games when she dropped out of the team competition following a poor opening vault and then decided not to defend her all-around crown.

The 24-year-old, however, might yet make another appearance at the Tokyo Games having not ruled herself out for floor exercise on Monday and beam on Tuesday.




“Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars,” said USA Gymnastics in a statement.

“She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam.”

Biles was expected to be one of the headliners of the Tokyo Games in a bid for six gold medals that would have made her the most successful woman Olympian of all time.



But her quest ended almost before it began when Biles took a single vault in last Tuesday’s team competition then sat down briefly and left the floor before returning to cheer on her teammates from the sidelines.

She later decided to not defend her Olympic all-around title that was won by teammate Sunisa Lee.

The decision to drop out of two more finals means Biles will not defend the vaulting gold she won at the 2016 Rio Olympics.