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Here's what to watch at the Tokyo Olympics

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Simone Biles won her seventh Olympic medal with a stunning balance beam performance after taking a weeklong break from the competition.

The seven-time Olympic medalist withdrew from the team competition last Tuesday after a single rotation.

American track star and Fairfax native Noah Lyles will also make his Tokyo Olympic debut. Lyles is a favorite to medal in the 200m.

For a complete rundown of the day's events in Tokyo, visit the streaming schedule page for NBCOlympics.com. Watch every event live there or on the NBC Sports App, and catch the highlights in primetime on NBC.

Here's what to watch at the Tokyo Olympics.

Simone Biles wins bronze in triumphant return to Olympic stage

Simone Biles competes on beam
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Simone Biles returned to competition and earned a 14.000 on beam.

The GOAT of gymnastics is back.

Simone Biles made her return to Olympic gymnastics -- and the Olympic podium -- in Tuesday’s balance beam final.

Biles was the third gymnast on the beam and posted a score of 14.000, finishing with a bronze medal.

The American superstar returned to the gymnasium to compete in Tuesday’s balance beam final after missing the previous four events. Biles pulled out of the individual all-around, vault, uneven bars and floor exercise after experiencing the “twisties” on a vault in the team final last Tuesday.

Biles also won bronze on the balance beam at the 2016 Rio Games. She has seven Olympic medals in her storied career, including silver from the team competition in Tokyo. She tied Shannon Miller’s American record for most Olympic gymnastics medals with Tuesday’s result.

U.S. men's basketball beats Spain to advance to semifinals

Team USA men’s basketball advanced to the semifinals after defeating Spain. Kevin Durant led the charge for the U.S., but it was no easy feat getting around a stellar performance from Spain’s Ricky Rubio.

The U.S. men's basketball team defeated Spain 95-81 to advance to the semifinals.

Kevin Durant paved the way with 29 points to lead the U.S. to the quarterfinal win.

Spain came out as the better team in the first half, led by Ricky Rubio, who ended with 38 points. But the U.S. was able to go into the break with the score tied at 43. 

Durant scored 13 points in the third quarter, but an 11-2 run by Spain to end the quarter made it just a 69-63 lead for the Americans. 

The U.S. had a strong fourth quarter, outscoring Spain 26-18 to hold onto the victory. 

Team USA now awaits the winner of Australia-Argentina.

Women’s 200m final headlines track and field events

Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.
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Elaine Thompson-Herah of Team Jamaica celebrates after winning the gold medal in the Women's 100m Final on day eight of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium on July 31, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan.

The Tokyo Olympics recently crowned Jamaican Elaine Thompson-Hera the world’s fastest woman, a title she also claimed at the 2016 Rio Games. On Tuesday morning many of the world’s fastest women will once again compete for a chance at Olympic glory. 

The other day 11 track and field finals include: Women’s long jump, men’s 400m hurdles, women’s hammer throw, and the women’s 800m. 

There will be final competitions in men’s pole vault and women’s hammer throw. 

American track star Noah Lyles made his Tokyo Olympic Debut. Lyles, the owner of the fourth-fastest time ever in the event, was third in his heat after taking his foot off the gas ahead of the finish line.

Watch on NBC in prime time, or view on Peacock at 6 a.m. ET. Stream live here.

Sports Climbing will make its Olympic Debut

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INNSBRUCK, AUSTRIA - JUNE 26: Nathaniel Coleman of the USA competes during the men’s boulder finals at Kletterzentrum Innsbruck on June 26, 2021 in Innsbruck, Austria. (Photo by Marco Kost/Getty Images)

Sport climbing made its Olympic debut on Tuesday at the Aomi Urban Sports Park, and two Americans reached the final.

Team USA's Colin Duffy had the third-best qualifying score. He ranked sixth in speed, fifth in bouldering and second in lead, with his combined score putting him in third overall.

Fellow American Nathaniel Coleman was the eighth and final climber to qualify. He ranked 10th in speed, 11th in bouldering and fifth in lead.

There are three disciplines in Olympic sports climbing: Bouldering, Speed, and Lead. Each participant must compete in all three, and a winner is determined by multiplying a competitor's placement in the various disciplines. The lowest score wins gold. Because each competitor must compete in all three disciplines, each climber must have a combination of speed, flexibility, and endurance if they wish to reach the podium. 

Team USA Climber Brooke Raboutou discusses why she loves climbing and how it her family got her started in the sport.
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