Saturday, November 27, 2021

US gymnast Simone Biles withdraws from individual all-around competition

A day after the women’s gymnastics team pulled out of the final, Simone Biles of the United States pulled out of the individual all-around competition at the Tokyo Olympics.

A statement from USA Gymnastics released Wednesday morning said Biles, considered to be the all-time great in her sport, is withdrawing “after further medical evaluation” to focus on her mental health.

The statement added that Biles’ daily evaluation will continue “to determine whether to participate in next week’s individual event finals.”

Biles, 24, withdrew from the overall team final on Tuesday after failing to execute his planned maneuvers in the vault and stumbling backwards on landing. She then briefly walked off the floor with her coach, then returned to reconnect with her teammates with her ankle wrapped in a bandage.

With Biles’ defeat, the Russian Olympic Committee won the gold medal in the team final, with the US winning the silver and Britain the bronze.

Biles later told reporters that she was not in the right mind because of the stress and pressure that ensued in the competition, and that she “needed to focus on my mental health and not put my health and well-being at risk.”

“We wholeheartedly support Simone’s decision and appreciate her bravery in prioritizing her well-being,” USA Gymnastics said in its statement. “Her courage shows, yet again, why she is a role model to so many.”

Jade Carey, who finished ninth in qualifying, will replace Biles in the all-around competition.

American swimmer Katie Ledecky made Olympic history in Wednesday’s competitions, while her Australian rival Ariane Titmus earned her second gold medal at the Tokyo Olympics.

Ledecky won the final of the women’s 1,500 m freestyle race at the Tokyo Aquatics Center, the first time it has been held at the Summer Olympics. Ledecky’s fellow American Erica Sullivan won the silver, while Germany’s Sarah Koehler won the bronze.

Ledecky’s dominating performance in the 1,500 m freestyle – she finished four seconds ahead of Sullivan – came moments after her disappointing finish in the final of the 200 m freestyle event, her second one-on-one matchup against Titmus. The Australian star, whose impressive performance has earned him the nickname “The Terminator” in his home country, ran 1:53.50 (one minute, 53.50 seconds) to set a new Olympic record. Hong Kong’s Siobhan Haughey won the silver medal, while Canada’s Penny Oleksiak finished third to take the bronze.

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Siobhan Bernadette Haughey of Hong Kong smiles after the women’s 200m freestyle final at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan on July 28, 2021.

Ledecky finished the 200m freestyle in fifth place, nearly two seconds behind Titmus, who also defeated the famous American in Monday’s 400m freestyle race. Ledecky won both events at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was in favor of a repeat in Tokyo. But his victory in the 1,500 m freestyle earned him six career Olympic gold medals from the 2012 London Games.

Japanese swimmer Yui Ohashi also became a double gold medalist on Wednesday after winning the 200m individual medley three days after his victory in the 400m individual relay. Ohashi surpassed Americans Alex Walsh and Kate Douglas, who won silver and bronze medals respectively. Hungary’s Katinka Hoszu, the 2016 champion and current world-record holder, finished seventh.

Meanwhile, the British men’s team anchored by Tom Dean, Duncan Scott, James Guy and Matthew Richards won the 4×200 freestyle relay race, giving Britain their third swimming gold medal in Tokyo. Dean won the 200m freestyle on Tuesday, with Adam Peaty winning the gold medal in the 100m breaststroke the day before.

and Christoph Milak of Hungary set a new Olympic record for gold in the men’s 200m butterfly race, finishing at 1:51.25 (1 minute, 51.25 seconds), with 19-year-old Tomoru Honda of Japan winning the silver medal. medal and Italy’s Federico Berdiso finished third to win the bronze medal.

Netherlands cyclist Anemic van Vleuten at Fuji International Speedway won the gold medal in the women’s time trial event with a time of 30:13.49 (30 minutes, 13.49 seconds). Marlene Reiser of Switzerland finished second, with Van Vleuten’s compatriot Anna van der Bregen winning the bronze medal.

Van Vleuten’s victory will surely erase the memory of his humiliating finish at Sunday’s road race, when he, believing he had won, only to find that Austrian Anna Keisenhofer, leaving the van behind, won the gold. Had to leave the field to collect the medal. Velleton with the silver medal.


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