Biles sticks landing on balance beam final, wins bronze

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Simone Biles, of the United States, finishes on the balance beam during the artistic gymnastics women’s apparatus final at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. (AP Photo/Natacha Pisarenko)

TOKYO (AP) — Simone Biles won a bronze medal in the women’s balance beam final after returning to competition at Tokyo Olympics.

A week after taking herself out of several competitions to focus on her mental health, the six-time Olympic medalist drilled a slightly altered routine on Tuesday.

Biles, using a routine that ended with a double-pike dismount — no twisting required — posted a score of 14.000. That was good enough for second after four competitors during the eight-woman final.

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