‘I’ll treasure this one a lot more’: Biles ‘proud’ of her bronze in return to Olympics action

Simone Biles has won bronze in the women’s balance beam final in her eagerly awaited return to action at the Tokyo Olympics.

Biles made her dramatic return to the Games after she withdrew early in the women’s final last week, citing a desire to protect her mental health.

The 24-year-old had arrived at the Tokyo Olympicswith the expectation of equalling or even surpassing her historic quadruple gold medal haul in Rio in 2016.

Afflicted by a phenomenon known as the “twisties” – essentially a temporary struggle with spatial awareness – she pulled out of the first three of the four individual finals for which she had qualified.

However, she was named as the third of eight starters at the beam final, for which she qualified in seventh place last Sunday.

Mark Gibson

Graduates in Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois 1990. Move to Los Angeles California in 2004. Specialized in Internet journalism.

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