The 24-year-old Simone Biles has not competed since she pulled out of the women’s team final on Wednesday after one rotation, citing mental health concerns.
As She watched on from the stands at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre as her team-mates Jess Carey and Sunisa Lee competed in the women’s all-around final on Friday, which Lee went on to claim the gold medal in.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement: “Today, after further consultation with medical staff, Simone Biles has decided to withdraw from the event finals for vault and the uneven bars. She will continue to be evaluated daily to determine whether to compete in the finals for floor exercise and balance beam.
“We remain in awe of Simone, who continues to handle this situation with courage and grace, and all of the athletes who have stepped up during these unexpected circumstances.”
However, Biles is still scheduled to compete in the floor final on Monday and the beam the following day. The Ohio-born athlete said in a social media post on Friday that she was continuing to suffer from a phenomenon known as ‘twisting’.
The four-time defending Olympic champion wrote: “It has never transferred to bars and beam for me. This time it’s literally in every event which sucks. (You) literally cannot tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever, not having an inch of control over your body.”
If Biles does rule herself out of the floor final, Britain’s Jennifer Gadirova will step up from first reserve to join her sister Jessica in the competition.