Under-pressure Biles Eyes Olympic Team Gold In Tokyo
Muhammad Rameez 2 months ago Tue 27th July 2021 | 01:00 AM
Tokyo, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 27th Jul, 2021 ) :Simone Biles and her USA teammates will aim to retain their women's team title on Tuesday to take arguably the greatest gymnast in history a step closer to Olympic history.
Rowing and archery events that could be affected by high winds have been rescheduled.
All eyes will be on Biles at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre as the 24-year-old four-time Olympic champion seeks to erase the memory of an uncharacteristically error-strewn qualifying competition.
Biles made mistakes on floor and vault on Sunday and the other Americans followed suit as they failed to post the top score of the day for the first time at a world championships or Olympics since 2010.
The US women came to Tokyo as odds-on favourites but Biles admitted to feeling the pressure in an Instagram post Monday, saying "I truly do feel like I have the weight of the world on my shoulders at times." With spectators banned from the gymnastics and most events at the Games to protect the Japanese public from coronavirus, Biles does not have a crowd to inspire her.
Still, it would be a huge shock if she failed to win a fifth gold to kick off her attempt to equal or surpass Soviet great Larisa Latynina's record of nine gymnastics titles.
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With the competition between swimming superpowers the United States and Australia intensifying with each day, American great Katie Ledecky has to navigate a 200m semi-final in the morning before trying to recuperate for Wednesday's 1500m final.
Ledecky came up short in the first part of her eye-popping medal quest in Tokyo when Australian arch-rival Ariarne Titmus beat her to gold in the 400m on Monday. Ledecky is also swimming the 800m and possibly a relay.
In a farcical false start, around two-thirds of the 56 competitors dived into the water and set off only to be recalled.