TOKYO (AP) – Simone Biles will finally return to Olympic competition on Tuesday the 11th day of the Tokyo Games.
The 2016 Olympic gold medalist retired from the competition a little over a week ago to focus on her mental health but will be returning to the balance beam finals, which is sure to be the highlight of NBC’s coverage.
The men’s horizontal bars and parallel bars are also decided.
It will be a great night in the Olympic Stadium for the American hurdlers Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad. They are expected to compete for gold in the 400 meter hurdles.
The women’s golf tournament begins with four Americans – Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson – leading the field of 60 players.
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GALE IS BACK
Simone Biles was the face of those Olympics that led to Tokyo until a case of “twisties” sidelined the six-time Olympic medalist.
Citing issues related to air awareness, Biles retired from team competition for the first time after an event, saying she needed time to focus on her mental health. She also skipped four of her five scheduled events, only announcing on Monday that she would be returning for the balance beam.
“We are very excited to announce that tomorrow you will see two US athletes in the balance beam finals – Suni Lee AND Simone Biles !! I can’t wait to watch you two! “USA Gymnastics said in a statement.
The 24-year-old Biles won bronze on the beam in Rio de Janeiro five years ago. Lee won the women’s all-around competition, while Biles missed, bronze on the uneven bars, and was part of the group that won silver in the women’s team competition.
The women’s balance beam finale will be broadcast live on Peacock from 4 a.m. with an encore – along with the men’s bar finale – during prime-time NBC coverage from 8 p.m.
The month-long battle between Sydney McLaughlin and Dalilah Muhammad continues in the Olympic Stadium as both hurdlers set their sights on the 400 meter gold medal.
McLaughlin holds the world record at 51.90 seconds, but the mark could be broken by either her or her rival Dalilah Muhammad at the Tokyo Games. Both made it through the rainy semifinals to the final with an Olympic gold medal at stake.
Every time the two have met, the world record has fallen.
The race will be broadcast live on NBC’s prime time coverage along with the women’s 800-meter final, the women’s 200-meter final and the men’s 200-meter semi-final.
There is a full day of coverage on the NBC Sports Network that starts at 4 a.m. and lasts until 2 a.m.
The semi-finals of the men’s soccer tournament and the women’s quarter-finals in beach volleyball will be broadcast live.
Alice Dearing, Britain’s first female black swimmer, will make her Olympic debut in the women’s marathon. Dearing caught attention when FINA said it couldn’t use a swim cap that did justice to her afro.
A replay of the US men’s basketball game against Spain will be shown in the coverage from 8 p.m.
The entire first round of the women’s golf tournament will be broadcast live from the Kasumigaseki Country Club on The Golf Channel from 6.30 p.m. The Americans have four contenders with Nelly Korda, Jessica Korda, Danielle Kang and Lexi Thompson.
FOR THE LATE CROWD
Both the women’s park skateboard final and women’s volleyball quarter-finals will be broadcast live on NBC from 12:05 p.m.
The quarter-finals of the women’s basketball tournament will be played at 12:40 p.m. on the USA Network
The Olympic Channel will host rings at 5:15 am, with the finals and semifinals running until 1:00 pm. The competition will continue at 10:00 p.m. for an additional four hours of wrestling.