Simone Biles 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.
She has been named as the third of eight starters in the final, for which she qualified in seventh place last Sunday.
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 tomorrow – Suni 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’.
“It has never transferred to bars and beam for me. This time it’s literally in every event which sucks,” she said.
“(You) literally cannot tell up from down. It’s the craziest feeling ever, not having an inch of control over your body.”
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