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Simone Biles pulls out of individual competition after withdrawing from Olympics team event

Simone Biles pulls out

Gymnast Simone Biles has pulled out of the individual all-around competition during the Tokyo Olympics.

Just a day after the 24-year-old withdrew from the team contest at the sporting event, citing mental health issues, Biles also made the decision not to defend her gold medal in the individual competition on Thursday (29Jul21).

"After further medical evaluation, Simone Biles has withdrawn from the final individual all-around competition," USA Gymnastics said in a statement. "We wholeheartedly support Simone's decision and applaud her bravery in prioritizing her wellbeing. Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model for so many."

Alternate Jade Carey will take her place in the individual all-around competition.

The organization said that Biles will continue to have daily evaluations to determine whether or not she should participate in the four individual finals next week (beg02Aug21).

Following the news, Sasha Farber - who was partnered with Biles on U.S. TV talent show Dancing With the Stars - reacted to her decision.

"For this 24-year-old to be in that position ... she is a phenomenal gymnast, everyone knows," he told Entertainment Tonight. "But it just proves that you don't know what's going on inside of the other person sometimes, no matter how strong they look. So I really feel for her, but I know she's going to get through this."

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