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Sunisa Lee’s all-around gymnastics gold hailed by Hmong in US

Simone Biles cheers on the 18-year-old daughter of refugees who fled Laos for US at end of Vietnam warThis was supposed to be the night that Simone Biles added yet another star-spangled page to the history books, by becoming the first gymnast to defend…

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Simone Biles helped me to gold, says USA’s Sunisa Lee after all-around win

Lee: ‘I was starting to put a lot of pressure on myself’Brazil’s Rebeca Andrade wins silver after injury troubles Sunisa Lee, the new women’s Olympic all-around champion, said that Simone Biles and her older teammates gave her some key advice in a tens…

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Sunisa Lee steps up in Biles’s absence to win Olympic women’s gymnastics all-around

Athlete is first Hmong American to represent US at OlympicsBrazil’s Rebeca Andrade wins silver, GB’s Jessica Gadirova is 10thSunisa Lee produced a brilliant performance to secure gold in the women’s gymnastics all-around on Thursday in Tokyo.The 18-yea…

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Tokyo Olympic Games: women’s gymnastics individual all-around – live!

Twenty-four women set to compete for Olympic all-around titleBiles’ twisties: mental block which puts gymnasts at serious riskTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham, email him or comment below 12.08pm BST Suni Lee starts things off with a 14.6 on her opening dou…

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Simone Biles’ twisties: mental block which puts gymnasts at serious risk

The star of the US team has been struggling with a dangerous condition where gymnasts lose their sense of spacial awarenessSimone Biles almost never misses her Amanar vault. There are numerous times when she has peeled off during uneven-bar routines, w…

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Simone Biles’ twisties: mental block which puts gymnasts at serious risk

The star of the US team has been struggling with a dangerous condition where gymnasts lose their sense of spacial awarenessSimone Biles almost never misses her Amanar vault. There are numerous times when she has peeled off during uneven-bar routines, w…

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In a divided US, it’s no surprise some see Simone Biles as a villain

While the reaction to the gymnast’s withdrawal was broadly positive, familiar faultlines also emerged in the aftermathTwo days ago, when it was impossible to imagine Simone Biles would pull out of the Olympics team competition – and then later the all-…

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Daiki Hashimoto is hosts’ gymnastics hero as GB’s Joe Fraser falls short

Japanese teenager follows in Kohei Uchimura’s footstepsSixth- and ninth-place finishes for Britain’s all-around finalistsOne of the great hopes of a home Olympics for Japan was the opportunity for the greatest male gymnast of all time, Kohei Uchimura, …

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day five – in pictures

The best images from the fifth day of action in Tokyo, including swimming, hockey, fencing and watermelons Continue reading…

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Simone Biles pulls out of Olympics all-around gymnastics final to focus on mental health

Biles cited mental health concern in Tuesday’s withdrawalNo decision on her participation in individual finalsSimone Biles has withdrawn from the women’s all-around gymnastics final at the Tokyo Olympics on Thursday after a further medical evaluation d…

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day four – in pictures

The best images from the fourth day’s action in Tokyo including mountain biking, basketball, diving and hockey Continue reading…

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Tokyo Olympics 2020: day four – in pictures

The best images from the fourth day’s action in Tokyo including mountain biking, basketball, diving and hockey Continue reading…

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Simone Biles and Naomi Osaka highlight the untenable pressures of Big Sport | Barney Ronay

For those in sport today, pressures are untenable amid an endlessly hostile kind of unregulated social experimentThere are so many well-worn quotes about sport and pressure. Pressure makes diamonds. Pressure is for tyres. The greatest pressure is the p…

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We expect our heroes to be perfect. Simone Biles is unafraid to show she is not

The world was clamouring for the American to outdo her competitors as well as herself. It took exceptional bravery for her to step backShe hadn’t lost in all-round competition since Frozen pipped Iron Man 3 at the box office, has four moves (four!) nam…

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Team GB’s gymnasts hail ‘incredible’ first Olympic team medal since 1928

Bronze caps astonishing comeback in women’s team finals‘This is more than a dream come true,’ says Jennifer GadirovaGreat Britain’s women’s gymnastics team shocked the sport by becoming the first since 1928 to win a medal in the Olympic team finals as …

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Simone Biles to take ‘a day at a time’ before further Tokyo participation

US star withdrew from team event citing mental health concernsGymnast keen to ensure teammates get credit for silver medalSimone Biles will not make any immediate decisions about any further participation in these Olympics after she withdrew from the w…

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‘Put mental health first’: Simone Biles reacts to exit from Olympic team gymnastics final – video

Simone Biles was forced to withdraw from the women’s team gymnastics final at the Tokyo Games on Tuesday, citing mental health concerns after a difficult opening vault. The four-times Olympic champion said she had been struggling mentally in recent day…

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Simone Biles exits women’s Olympic team gymnastics final over mental health concern

Four-time champion: ‘There’s more to life than gymnastics’American pulls out after vault early in Tuesday’s competitionROC team wins gold with USA second and Britain in bronzeSimone Biles was forced to withdraw from the women’s team final at the Tokyo …

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Tokyo Olympic Games: women’s gymnastics team all-around – live!

Simone Biles and Team USA seek third straight Olympic team goldOlympics live updates: Team GB one-two in pool, Osaka exits and more!Games schedule | Results | Medal table | Full coverageTweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him 11.51am BST The athletes…

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‘A lesson in loss, humility and absurdity’: how rhythmic gymnastics took over my childhood

When I was six, a chance encounter with rhythmic gymnastics – all ribbons, sequins and smiles – opened up a sublime, sometimes cruel new world. By 12, I had quit. What had it all meant?Every four years, the same argument plays out. The Olympics reminds…