Simone Biles walked into the arena to a loud cheer on Tuesday.© AFP
Simone Biles made her anxiously-awaited return to the Olympic Games on Tuesday, competing in the beam final at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre. This was the US superstar’s first taste of competition in Tokyo since dramatically standing down during the women’s team final last week, struggling with the “twisties”, a condition where gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air.
Biles walked into the arena to a loud cheer, and going third of the eight finalists, put in a solid routine ending with a double backward somersault and double pike onto the mat.
Having looked pensive beforehand, she wore a broad smile after her 90 seconds on the 10cm beam, with the judges awarding her 14.00 points.
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