Simone Biles wins bronze on beam as China’s Guan Chenchen takes gold at Tokyo Olympics

Biles’ psychological well-being has been the center of attention since she retired from the women’s team final last week.

The 24-year-old then missed out on four individual finals at the Tokyo Olympics – the all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor – but returned to applause from her American teammates sitting in a corner. of the Ariake Gymnastics Center.

Tuesday’s final was the American’s last chance to win a medal at Tokyo 2020 and she scored 14,000 for a clean and confident routine.

The score initially placed Biles second behind China’s Tang Xijing at 14.233, but Guan, 16, the event’s top qualifier and the last to perform her routine, advanced to gold with a score of 14.633.

“The sinuous”

Bronze on the beam is Biles’ seventh Olympic medal and adds to the team silver final she won last week. Biles, 24, also won bronze on beam at the 2016 Rio Olympics.

For Guan, who cites Biles as his sports idol, and Tang, the gold and silver medals were their firsts at the Olympics.

“I didn’t expect to get a medal,” Guan said. “My coach said, ‘This is your first time at the Olympics and no one knows you, so go ahead and do your best.’

“I actually started gymnastics a lot later than the others so I think it’s a good result for me. Even though this competition is very tiring, I am very happy with this result.”

Since retiring from the team final last week, Biles has spoken of the experience of “twists” – a phenomenon experienced by gymnasts that suddenly prevents them from performing certain twisting skills.

But Biles was all smiles after finishing his routine on the beam in the final and enthusiastically waved to the crowd, some of whom responded with a standing ovation.

“It’s been a very long week, five very long years. I didn’t expect to win a medal today, I just wanted to go out and do it for myself, and that’s what I did,” Biles said.

“It’s definitely more special, this bronze, than the bronze on the beam in Rio. I will cherish it for a long time.”

Canada’s Ellie Black was fourth with a score of 13.866, while Biles’ teammate Sunisa Lee, who won gold and bronze in the all-around on uneven bars last week, was fifth.

The beam was the last event in the women’s artistic gymnastics program in Tokyo.

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