1 hr 52 min agoChina’s Guan Chenchen wins gold as Simone Biles takes bronzeFrom CNN’s Aditi Sangal, Selina Wang and Coy Wire
Gold medalist Guan Chenchen of China, center, celebrates on the podium with silver medalist, Tang Xijing, also of China, left, and bronze medalist Simone Biles of the United States. Lisi Niesner/ReutersChinese gymnast Guan Chenchen won gold in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics balance beam final, followed by China’s Tang Xijing, while Simone Biles took the bronze.
This is Biles’ seventh Olympic medal overall and her second bronze in balance beam.
The International Gymnastics Federation said Biles’ set consisted of: “3/1 wolf turn. Front aerial, jumps. Back handspring to two layout stepouts. Switch to switch 1/2, pause, back pike. Side aerial. And two back handsprings to terrific double pike dismount.”
Simone Biles waves after her bronze-winning performance on the balance beam on Tuesday. Ashley Landis/APAs Biles was performing her beam routine, a man in the stands held up cardboard cutouts of the gymnast’s dogs — Lilo and Rambo.
Biles finished her routine with a standing ovation from the crowd. She displayed a confident return to form after previously having withdrawn from other artistic gymnastics event due to mental health concerns.
Guan scored 14.633 while her teammate Tang finished on 14.233, ahead of Biles’ 14.000 points.
Guan Chenchen of China in action on the balance beam. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson Lindsey Wasson/ReutersThe win was particularly significant for Guan as the 16-year-old identifies Biles as her hero, according to her biography on the Games’ website. Guan and Tang are both first-time Olympic medalists.
2 hr 33 min agoSimone Biles cheered on… by her dogsFrom CNN’s Coy Wire at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Scott Evans, host of Access Hollywood, displays cardboard cutouts of Simone Bile’s dogs, during the women’s balance beam final on Tuesday. Coy Wire/CNNAs Simone Biles was performing her beam routine, a man in the stands held up cardboard cutouts of the gymnast’s dogs — Lilo and Rambo.
That man is Scott Evans, host of Access Hollywood, and he told CNN: “We just want to show her some love!”
Evans waves the cutouts for Biles. Coy Wire/CNNBiles’ beloved pets even have their own Instagram page and the little reminder seemed to put a smile on her face.
2 hr 38 min agoSunisa Lee finishes her beam routine, out of medal contentionFrom CNN’s Coy Wire and Selina Wang at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Team USA’s Sunisa Lee competes during the women’s balance beam final on August 3. Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesAll-around Olympic champion Sunisa Lee was up next after Simone Biles.
Biles cheered, “Go on, Suni! You’ve got it!” as Lee stepped up onto the stage.
The 18-year-old almost fell but caught herself in a series of flips. She finished her routine as Team USA cheered for her, chanting her name.
She scored 13.866, with 6.4 in difficulty and 7.466 in execution.
Lee will not medal in the beam final as she currently sits outside the medal positions.
2 hr 47 min agoSimone Biles finishes balance beam routine to standing ovationFrom CNN’s Coy Wire and Selina Wang at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Simone Biles competes in the women’s balance beam final on August 3. Elsa/Getty ImagesSimone Biles stepped up on stage with her coach as she prepared for her turn.
The American gymnast took some deep breathes as the crowd began to get excited. The eyes of the world were on the 24-year-old superstar.
She finished her routine with a standing ovation from the crowd.
Biles scored 14.00 points, with 6.1 in difficulty and 7.9 in execution, putting her into silver medal position behind China’s Tang Xijing.
2 hr 58 min agoSimone Biles greeted with warm applause as she prepares for beam finalFrom CNN’s George Ramsay and Selina Wang at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Simone Biles acknowledges the crowd, alongside teammate Sunisa Lee, prior to the women’s balance beam final on August 3. Laurence Griffiths/Getty ImagesAs the gymnasts walked out into the arena, Sunisa Lee and Simone Biles were greeted by a round of applause from the US team members, who have assembled on the opposite side of the arena to the balance beam.
The pair also get the loudest cheer as the athletes were introduced to the crowd.
Biles is now waiting on the sides, marking through her routine. Canada’s Ellie Black — the first gymnast up on the balance beam — finishes her routine and is met by a hug and smile from Biles.
Biles will perform third.
3 hr 7 min agoThe women’s balance beam final is underwayFrom CNN’s Coy Wire and George Ramsay at Tokyo’s Ariake Gymnastics Centre
Members of the media are seen in the stands ahead of the women’s balance beam final event. Coy Wire/CNNEight athletes from around the world are competing in the women’s balance beam final event, which features American superstar Simone Biles.
And the atmosphere is charged with anticipation.
While the event will host no fans amid the C
The US gymnast overcame mental health issues to win her seventh Olympic medal. China’s Guan Chenchen took the gold and Tang Xijing the silver.
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