Simone Biles on start list for Tokyo Olympics beam final

The US superstar's name was included on the list of eight finalists for the beam released on Monday

Simone Biles looks set to return to Olympic action after she was entered in Tuesday's gymnastics beam final.

The US superstar's name was included on the list of eight finalists for the beam released on Monday. United States Gymnastics later confirmed Biles' involvement along with Sunni Lee.

Biles, who arrived in Tokyo bidding to become the greatest ever Olympian with designs on six gold medals, has not competed since pulling out of the opening team competition after one vault, citing mental health concerns.

The four-time Olympic champion, 24, widely considered to have pushed the sport to new limits, has said she is struggling with the "twisties", a condition where gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air.

She dramatically pulled out of last week's opening team competition after one vault, and subsequently withdrew from the all-around final and three of the four apparatus finals - the floor, vault and uneven bars.

Biles has been remarkably candid about her struggles with mental health during the Games in regular posts on her social media accounts and has received widespread support from fellow athletes and celebrities.

Since taking a back seat at these Games Biles has been a constant visitor to the Ariake Gymnastics Centre, cheering on her compatriots.

Updated: August 2nd 2021, 12:31 PM
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