Tuesday marks the final night of gymnastics at the Tokyo Olympics, along with the return of Simone Biles.
In the final event for the women, Biles will compete in the balance beam final alongside all-around champion and teammate Suni Lee. In qualifiers, Biles finished seventh overall on beam with a score of 14.066. Lee was third overall with a score of 14.200.
Biles’ return comes after she withdrew from the all-around, floor exercise, vault and uneven bars competition after her early exit from team finals as she said she was struggling with her mental health.
Tuesday will also see the United States’ teams in several knockout rounds, with April Ross and Alix Klineman starting the day with a victory in the women’s beach volleyball quarterfinals against the German duo of Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch. Other Team USA action will include men’s basketball against fellow basketball juggernaut Spain and women’s water polo taking on Canada.
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American beach volleyball duo April Ross and Alix Klineman, better known as the “A-Team,” downed Germany in their quarterfinal match.
Ross/Klineman beat Germany’s Laura Ludwig and Margareta Kozuch in straight sets (21-19, 21-19) to advance to the semifinal.
About midway through the first set, dark clouds rolled in and it started showering for a few minutes. The sky cleared and the hot sun was back, but that didn’t seem to affect the U.S. team.
Back-to-back block points from Klineman put Team USA back in the first set tied at 12-12 and there was no turning back.
Ross/Klineman will face the winner of the Brazil-Switzerland match in the semifinals on Thursday.
— Alex Ptachick
TOKYO — American Yared Nuguse is out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a quad injury, his college program, Notre Dame, announced Tuesday.
The announcement came just 30 minutes before Nuguse was scheduled to run his first 1500-meter heat in Tokyo. The 22-year-old finished third at the U.S. Olympic trials in June.
Team USA will now have just two athletes in the 1500-meter field: Reigning Olympic gold medalist Matthew Centrowitz, and reigning NCAA champion Cole Hocker.
— Tom Schad
When Jasmine Camacho-Quinn broke an Olympic record and won a gold medal in Tokyo, she celebrated a historic win as an athlete, a Black representative of Puerto Rico and a member of a family she just recently met.
Camacho-Quinn made history twice in Tokyo. She beat Keni Harrison of the United States in the women’s 100-meter hurdles and set a new Olympic record of 12.26 seconds in the semifinal.
Although Camacho-Quinn was born in South Carolina, she decided to run for Puerto Rico to honor her heritage because her mother was born in Puerto Rico.
“I am pretty sure everybody (in Puerto Rico) is excited,” Camacho-Quinn told reporters. “For such a small (territory), it gives little people hope. I am just glad I am the person to do that.”
— Gabriela Miranda
TOKYO — Jamaicans Elaine Thompson-Herah and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce were head and shoulders above the rest of the field in the women’s 100 meters. The women’s 200 meters figures to be much more of a toss-up.
Thompson-Herah is just a few days removed from becoming a two-time Olympic gold medalist in the 100 meters. She looks determined to secure another gold in the 200 and become the first woman in history to win both races in back-to-back Olympics..
If Thompson-Herah wants to achieve the feat, she’ll have to beat Fraser-Pryce for a second time in Tokyo. Fraser-Pryce cruised to an easy win in her first semifinal heat to automatically qualify for the finals.
American Gabby Thomas, however, has the all-time fastest time in the competition.
Thomas is the second fastest woman to ever run the distance. She posted a world-leading and lifetime best of 21.61 at the U.S. trials in June.
— Tyler Dragon
TOKYO — Simone Biles feels good enough again to give it another go.
USA Gymnastics said Monday that Biles would do the last event final, balance beam, scheduled for Tuesday night. It will be her first competition since she withdrew from the women’s team final Tuesday night, citing concerns for her mental health and physical safety.
Biles came to Tokyo as the biggest star of these Olympics, projected to win a record five gold medals. But she developed a case of “the twisties,” a loss of air awareness that can have catastrophic consequences for a gymnast.
— Nancy Armour