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Star gymnast Simone Biles to compete in final Tokyo Games event

Biles has only participated in all-around qualifying and the vault in the team event at the Tokyo Games, saying she wanted to protect her mental health
25 July 2021, Japan, Tokyo: USA's Simone Biles reacts after finishing her routine on the balance beam as part of the women's artistic gymnastics qualification at the the Ariake Gymnastics Centre during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Photo: Paul Kuroda/ZUMA Press Wire/dpa
Biles reacts after finishing her routine on the balance beam as part of the women's artistic gymnastics qualification. Photo: Paul Kuroda/dpa.

American superstar gymnast Simone Biles will make one final appearance at the Tokyo Olympics, in the balance beam final on Tuesday.

"We are so excited to confirm that you will see two US athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can’t wait to watch you both!" USA Gymnastics tweeted on Monday.

Biles, 24, who has 23 gold medals from world championships and Olympics, has only participated in all-around qualifying and the vault in the team event at the Tokyo Games, saying she wanted to protect her mental health.

She missed the rest of the team event, the individual all-around, and the apparatus finals on the floor, vault and uneven bars.

Her willingness to openly talk about her problems has won widespread praise as sport comes to terms with the fact that even top stars need mental well-being.

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