The applauded gesture of Simone Biles with the Russian gymnasts after withdrawing from the team final of the Tokyo Games

The withdrawal of Simone Biles as soon as the first rotation of the artistic gymnastics team final begins is already one of the great images that the Olympic Games. The American succumbed to the pressure and, after a jump on the colt in which she was not confident, decided to make way for her teammates to try the difficult challenge of avoiding the return to glory of the Russians.

It took 29 years for the country that competes as the Russian Olympic Committee in these Games again conquer this test. Since Barcelona’92, when it was the Russian Unified Team, and after the long reign of the USSR times from Helsinki 52 to Moscow 80, what is now Russia had not achieved joint gold in the artistic gymnastics.

Lilia Akhaimova, Viktoria Listunova, Angelina Melnikova y Vladislava Urazova they have obviously benefited from the withdrawal of Biles. Jordan Chiles, Sunisa Lee y Grace McCallum They have not been able to reissue the success of Gabby Douglas, Laurie Hernandez, Madison Kocian, Aly Raisman and Biles herself of 2016, and in large part it is because they missed their captain in action. That does not imply that he was not present.

Although he was left on the sidelines for the deep mental pressure you feelAs she has admitted, the gymnastics star stayed on Ariake’s bench to support her teammates and send them encouragement.

Simone Biles, at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

In the end, the silver was hung, a not inconsiderable milestone, and although he was aware that it is partly his fault that he did not win the gold, he did not hesitate to show his sportsmanship when It was confirmed that the Russians were the champions. Once Melnikova’s final score was confirmed, and while jumping for joy, the ROC gymnasts were congratulated by the United States coaches and Simone Biles. One by one, the best individual gymnast in recent years was congratulating her rivals.

Simone Biles still has a chance to fight for the gold in the individual exercises, starting this Thursday with the all-around final.

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