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American gymnast Simone Biles ended her incomplete participation in the Tokyo Olympics by winning the bronze balance beam in gymnastics Tuesday, while China’s Shenzhen Guoan won the gold.
Biles withdrew from the full team competition after one jump due to “mental health” problems, speaking of “sprains”, but she won silver with the American team, before withdrawing from four other competitions.
This is the second bronze in a row in the same competition for Biles after Rio 2016.
Biles scored 14,000 points, behind the other Chinese, Shijing Tang, who won the silver (14.233), while Guan (16 years) won the gold with 14,633 points.
Biles shocked the world when she announced her withdrawal during the full team competition on Tuesday, before continuing her withdrawals in the following days from the floor movements, the vaulting horse and the singles full competition, which won all her golds in Rio 2016, in addition to her withdrawal from the competition of the different height models.
The four gold medalist in Rio arrived in the Japanese capital, aspiring to raise the total number of her yellow metal medals in the Games to nine, and equal the record of the Soviet Larisa Latynina in women’s gymnastics.
But the holder of 25 medals in the world championships, including 19 gold, will be satisfied with silver and bronze, raising her total Olympic medals to 7, while questions will hover in the next three years whether she will participate in Paris 2024.
She may have chosen the balance beam because it is the competition that produces the least twists I’ve been talking about, postures that cause a loss of balance and space awareness in the air, a well-known phenomenon in the world of gymnastics and trampolines.
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