Olympics in shock after devastating new Simone Biles announcement

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Simone Biles (pictured) before the US team event at the Tokyo Olympics.
Simone Biles (pictured) has withdrawn from the final all-round individual event at the Tokyo Olympics to work on her mental health. (Getty Images)

Fans have been left devastated after gymnastics legend Simone Biles withdrew from the final all-round individual event at the Tokyo Olympics.

Earlier, Biles revealed she was battling mental demons when she abruptly withdrew from the women's gymnastics team final after just one vault on Tuesday night.

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The American star's bid for a record six gold medals at the Tokyo Games ended in shock fashion when she dropped out of the women's team final and watched as the United States surrendered their title to Russia.

But in a further development on Wednesday afternoon, the greatest gymnast of all-time withdrew from the final all-round individual event at the Tokyo Olympics to work on her mental health.

The US Gymnastics team released a statement, which claimed they 'wholeheartedly' supported Biles and would take it one day at a time before deciding on whether she would compete in the individual event finals.

The Olympic community were quick to throw their support behind Biles for the 'brave' decision.

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The entire women's gymnastics team final event was turned on its head in an instant when Biles, the world and Olympic all-around champion, completely mistimed her opening vault to earn a low score of 13.766.

After the event, Biles met with the media and spoke about her struggles.

"After the performance I did I just didn't want to go on," said Biles, fighting back tears as she met with the media.

"We are going to see about Thursday. I'm just trying to gear up for the next test."

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