Simone Biles made her long-awaited return to the Olympic Games on Tuesday, taking bronze in the beam final won by Chinese teenager Guan Chenchen at the Ariake Gymnastics Centre.
It was the US superstar’s first taste of competition in Tokyo since dramatically standing down during the women’s team final last week, struggling with the “twisties”, a condition meaning gymnasts lose the ability to orientate themselves in mid-air.
It was Biles’ seventh Olympic medal, equalling Shannon Miller’s record for an American gymnast.
The four-time gold medallist from the Rio Games received a huge cheer from her US teammates when she entered the arena.
With bib 392 on her back, she filed in with the other eight finalists, blowing a kiss to the cameras.
Another cheer rang out when the stadium announcer said: “And now, representing the United States…Simone Biles.