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Simone Biles returns for the last artistic gymnastics test, the balance beam | Olympic Games 2021


Simone Biles watches the uneven bars final, this Sunday in Tokyo.
Simone Biles watches the uneven bars final, this Sunday in Tokyo.DPA via Europa Press

Simone Biles will compete this Tuesday in the final of the balance beam, starting at 10.50 Spanish peninsular time, the last of women’s artistic gymnastics to be played at the Tokyo Olympic Games. This was announced by the United States Gymnastics Federation. The 24-year-old American athlete withdrew from the team final on July 27 due to an anxiety attack. Later he also resigned to compete in the full contest, won in his absence by his compatriot and friend Sunisa Lee, and successively he was discarded from the jump, uneven bars and floor finals.

Biles was forced to stop competing. She was one of the big stars of Tokyo 2020, having won four golds and a bronze at the 2016 Rio Games and accumulated 19 world champion titles. His withdrawal from the team competition came after a single rotation and the foal having failed the jump he had planned. His grade was very low. “After that, I couldn’t go on, no,” he explained. “I was not injured. Well, yes, I had injured my pride ”. A few minutes later, he revealed that he did not know if he was going to participate in the full contest. The gymnast from Columbus (Ohio), who had set herself the challenge of being the first, since the Czech Vera Caslavska in 1964, to repeat victory in two Olympic Games, slipped: “We are going to go day by day.” Russia won the team event and the United States won the silver medal.

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Even before his ruling and his withdrawal from the Olympic trials in Tokyo, Biles wrote on Instagram that he thought that the weight of the whole world rested on his shoulders and that it was very hard to bear. “I can not continue. I am not in the necessary mental space, ”he told his coach, Cecile Landi, and the team doctor, he reveals. The New York Times. “I am not mentally focused enough to perform my exercises safely.”

The balance beam on which Biles has finally decided to compete in the Tokyo Games is not exactly his best specialty. She obtained the seventh best grade of the eight classified for the final and is not among the medal candidates. In Rio 2016 he won the bronze medal in this device. During the days when he has not competed, Biles has gone to the Ariake gymnastics center to cheer on his partner Sunisa Lee. He has trained in a private gym in Tokyo, exercising on foam mats, very soft, that cushion his falls, without danger and with very simple exercises, according to the coaches have explained to the North American press. “He’s handling himself better than he thought,” explains teammate MyKayla Skinner, who won the silver medal in jumping after reaching the final thanks to the vacant spot left by Biles. “Every day he has been laughing and laughing, supporting us a lot.”

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