Simone Biles to return to Tokyo Olympics for balance beam final

Simone Biles to return to Tokyo Olympics for balance beam final
The four-time Olympic champion has not competed since she pulled out of the women’s team final on Wednesday

Simone Bilès will return to Tokyo Olympic competition on Tuesday in the balance beam final, it has been confirmed.

The 24-year-old has not competed since she pulled out of the women’s team final on Wednesday after one rotation, citing mental health concerns.

But she will return to action for the balance beam final alongside Team USA teammate and all-around gold medalist Sunisa Lee.

A statement on Monday from USA Gymnastics confirmed the news.

“We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrowSuni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!"

The four-time defending Olympic champion took herself out of the women’s team final after just one rotation before going on to withdraw herself from the individual finals for vault, uneven bars and floor.

But she will return on beam on Tuesday, an apparatus where she won a bronze medal in Rio five years ago.

Biles, who was a vocal presence in the Ariake Arena when cheering her teammate Lee to all-around gold on Friday, said in a social media post on Friday that she was continuing to suffer from a phenomenon known as ‘twisting’.

"Il n'a jamais été transféré aux barres et aux poutres pour moi. Cette fois, c'est littéralement dans chaque événement qui craint," elle a dit.

"(Tu) ne peut littéralement pas dire de haut en bas. C'est le sentiment le plus fou de tous les temps, ne pas avoir un pouce de contrôle sur votre corps.

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