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Biles says ‘mental health’ concerns led to Olympic final withdrawal

USA's Simone Biles gets ready to compete in the uneven bars event of the  artistic gymnastics women's qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. (Loic VENANCE / AFP)
USA's Simone Biles gets ready to compete in the uneven bars event of the artistic gymnastics women's qualification during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on July 25, 2021. (Loic VENANCE / AFP)

Gymnastics superstar Simone Biles says “mental health” concerns had led to her withdrawing from the women’s team final at the Tokyo Olympics.

“I have to do what’s right for me and focus on my mental health and not jeopardize my health and my wellbeing,” the American says after her team was beaten by the Russian quartet in her absence.

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