Gymnastics

Simone Biles slated for return to Olympic competition in gymnastics beam final

Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday's balance beam final, the last women's event on the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics schedule, officials confirmed on Monday.

Canada's Ellie Black also on start list for Tuesday event in Tokyo

American Simone Biles is on the start list for the beam final at the Tokyo Olympics after withdrawing from her previous three apparatus events. (Martin Bureau/AFP/Getty Images)

Simone Biles will compete in Tuesday's balance beam final, the last women's event on the Tokyo Olympics gymnastics schedule, officials confirmed on Monday.

"We are so excited to confirm that you will see two U.S. athletes in the balance beam final tomorrow - Suni Lee AND Simone Biles!! Can't wait to watch you both!" USA Gymnastics said in a statement.

It will be the first time the American will be seen competing in Tokyo following her withdrawal from last Tuesday's team final after her opening vault, citing mental health issues.

The 24-year-old American, who won four golds at the 2016 Rio Games, dropped out of the all-around, floor exercise, vault and asymmetric bars finals.

Biles is the reigning world champion on the beam and picked up an Olympic bronze on the apparatus in Rio.

Biles has suffered a crisis of confidence in Tokyo as she dealt with the "twisties" — where gymnasts are disoriented during their gravity-defying sequences.

Canada's Ellie Black, who has been dealing with an ankle injury in Tokyo, is also on the start list.

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