SIMONE BILES BOUNCES BACK, WINS BRONZE ON BALANCE BEAM

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Simone Biles said she was proud of herself after winning bronze in the beam final at the Tokyo Games in an emotional return to the Olympic gymnastics competition.

The American had not competed since last week’s team final, where she performed on the vault but no other apparatus before saying she wanted to protect her mental health.

After suffering with the ‘twisties’, which gymnasts describe as a kind of mental block, Biles pulled out of the all-around, vault, floor and uneven bars.

The 24-year-old returned for the beam on the final day of artistic gymnastics action and received a warm reception as she stepped into the arena.

And after scoring 14.000 with a solid routine, which ended with a double backward somersault and double pike onto the mat, she jumped up and down in celebration and hugged her rivals.

“I didn’t expect a medal today, I just wanted to go out there for me and that’s what I did.” she said.

“I was proud of myself just to go out there after what I’ve been through.”