Tokyo 2020: Simone Biles Wins Bronze After Mental Health Battle

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USA’s Simone Biles poses together with her bronze medal through the podium ceremony of the inventive gymnastics ladies’s stability beam of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.
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Simone Biles made her long-awaited return to the Olympic Games on Tuesday, taking bronze within the beam remaining received by Chinese teenager Guan Chenchen on the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.

It was the US celebrity’s first style of competitors in Tokyo since dramatically standing down through the ladies’s group remaining final week, scuffling with the “twisties”, a situation which means gymnasts lose the power to orientate themselves in mid-air.

It was Biles’ seventh Olympic medal, equalling Shannon Miller’s document for an American gymnast.

The four-time gold medallist from the Rio Games obtained an enormous cheer from her US teammates when she entered the sector.

With bib 392 on her again, she filed in with the opposite eight finalists, blowing a kiss to the cameras.

Another cheer rang out when the stadium announcer stated: “And now, representing the United States…Simone Biles..”

 

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USA’s Simone Biles attends a coaching session prior the inventive gymnastics ladies’s stability beam remaining of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Ariake Gymnastics Centre in Tokyo on August 3, 2021.
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She regarded pensive on her comeback as she waited for her flip to climb up onto the 10cm huge beam for her 90-second routine.

Among the viewers was Olympic chief Thomas Bach and two canine cardboard cutouts of her beloved French bulldogs — Lilo and Rambo.

Peeling off her US Team purple tracksuit, she practised her dance strikes in her star-spangled banner leotard as she waited for her flip because the third to carry out.

At 6: 11 pm native time (0911 GMT), it was her time. One lengthy week from her first shock withdrawal, the 24-year-old girl from Ohio was lastly again at her day job.

Wiping her forehead, she approached the beam, chalked up, and eventually acquired the wheels again on her derailed Olympic marketing campaign.

While avoiding any twists integrated in her favoured and most troublesome strikes, she put in a stable efficiency, ending with a double backward somersault, double pike dismount.

Her face breaking right into a broad grin, she waved and hugged rivals and group officers, the aid of getting carried out clear on her face.

Her routine earned the triple world champion on the equipment 14.000 factors.

She was mendacity second behind Tang Xijing till 16-year-old Guan, the final of the eight finalists to go, put in an outstanding show to take gold with 14.633 factors, relegating Biles to bronze, the identical color she received in Rio.

Bach was one of many first to congratulate her on her comeback, as have been ‘Lilo and Rambo’ of their mute method from the stands after her Tokyo nightmare resulted in smiles on the third rung of the beam podium.

-AFP

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