Simone Biles has taken bronze in the bar event. Although he had already taken the social podium at the Tokyo Olympics. This Wednesday, with a smile from ear to ear, he passed the final test with which he closed his sporting event. A long-awaited test after the American gymnast abandoned some phases of the competition to prioritize her mental health.
But he has succeeded. The American gymnast has achieved the bronze medal in the balance beam final at these Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, which closes with a joy and between ovations.
Simone Biles is a bronze medalist, achieves her seventh Olympic medal, but possibly for her it is the least of it. The most important thing is that she smiled as soon as she got off the bar, happy with her exercise and with ending the nightmare that she will have lived in Tokyo 2020 due to the mental stress suffered.
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The American gymnast, who was to be the queen of the Olympic event after previously sweeping in Rio 2016, could not complete the full team final. She recognized stress, wanting to prioritize her mental health, and not being able to safely perform her exercises. “Mental health must be prioritized,” she told the press from all over the planet, aware that she was one of the most anticipated athletes.
He went day by day, measuring his strength, and erasing himself from the rest of the finals until he said ‘yes’ to this balance beam, where he reigned worldwide. He did a good exercise, of high difficulty and well executed, so much so that he hung the bronze when many gave the individual medal for loss.
And with less spotlights than usual, but deserving the most, the very young Chinese gymnast, only 16 years old, Chenchen Guan took the gold with a score of 14,633, better than her compatriot Xijing Tang, silver with 14,233, and the 14,000 of the bronze of Biles.
Bronze for Bales. (Photo: Jamie Squire via .)
The gala ovation at the Ariake gymnastics center went to Simone Biles, when she entered alongside her teammates and rivals at the same time. She only smiled after her exercise, hugged everyone and was among the first to congratulate Guan, who hardly believed what she had achieved and despite reaching this final with the best mark and supporting her with a brilliant exercise.
This article originally appeared on The HuffPost and has been updated.