"I feel like my body’s gone through a lot and it’s kind of falling apart."
Gymnast Simone Biles – the most decorated female gymnast in World Championships history – has revealed she plans to retire after the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.
The 22-year-old, who last year became the first woman to win four all-around world titles in Qatar, grew in popularity back in 2016 when videos of her extraordinary abilities went viral.
So sensational were her skills that one particular move – which has been tried, tested and failed by fellow gymnasts – was renamed 'The Biles'.
However, despite as illustrious career, Biles is adamant that there is no chance of extending her sporting career past the Toyko Olympic Games.
She cites a series of minor injuries and a strenuous training programme for her impending retirement, stating that, combined, they have left her body feeling like it is “falling apart”.
“I definitely plan for the Tokyo Olympics to be my last," she said today in London.
“I feel like my body’s gone through a lot and it’s kind of just falling apart - not that you can actually tell but I really feel it a lot of the time.
“I am in pain most of the time but it kind of feels right because if you are not in pain, it is almost like you could be doing more.”
The Ohio-native is in London to perform an exhibition and act as a judge at the ‘Superstars of Gymnastics’ event at the O2 Arena on Saturday, alongside double Rio gold medallist Max Whitlock.
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