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Simone Biles returns to win bronze in balance beam final

Only last week the American pulled out mid-competition during the team final and she later revealed she was battling with her mental health.

The 24-year-old admitted she felt the “weight of the world” on her shoulders and also revealed she was suffering from the “twisties” – which is a phenomenon where gymnasts lose their bearings in mid-air and therefore find it hard to land safely.

Biles, a four-time Olympic champion, subsequently pulled out of the individual finals of the all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor.

She returned to action today, though, to take part in the balance beam final and put in an impressive performance to claim the bronze medal with a score of 14.000.

Gold was won by Chenchen Guan of China with a score of 14.633, while her team-mate Xijing Tang took silver after scoring 14.233.

The story of the final, however, was Biles, who shone to claim a bronze medal – which is what she won at Rio 2016 when competing in the same event.

When she pulled out of the team final last week, it looked as though we would not see the American at this Games but she has fought back.

Despite there being no fans at the arena in Tokyo, those gymnasts watching on in the stands gave Biles a huge cheer as she prepared to compete.


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