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Sanne Wevers, Olympic gymnastics champion, sets first competition since Tokyo

Sanne Wevers

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - AUGUST 15: Bronze medalist Simone Biles of USA, gold medalist Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, silver medalist Lauren Hernandez of USA pose during the medal ceremony for the Women’s Balance Beam on day 10 of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games at Rio Olympic Arena on August 15, 2016 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

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Sanne Wevers of the Netherlands, the only woman to win a 2016 Olympic final over Simone Biles, is returning to competition for the first time since the Tokyo Games and eyes the 2024 Paris Games.

“Her focus now is to qualify for the Olympics in Paris,” a representative for Wevers wrote in an email. “We do not rule out that Sanne will remain active at the highest level after the Games. As long as Sanne retains the pleasure and desire to remain active at the highest level, anything is possible.”

The first major international competition of this year is the European Championships next month.

The top 10 nations, other than the already qualified Great Britain, Italy and France, qualify for the team event at this fall’s world championships, where the last teams to qualify for the Olympics will be decided.

Nations that do not qualify teams for the Olympics can still qualify gymnasts for individual events.

Wevers, 31, can become the oldest female Dutch Olympic gymnast in history and the first to compete in three Olympics, according to

In 2016, a 24-year-old Wevers won the Olympic balance beam title, relegating Americans Laurie Hernandez and Biles to silver and bronze. Wevers, the lone Dutchwoman to win an individual Olympic gymnastics medal, is the oldest Olympic women’s artistic gymnastics champion since 1968.

In Tokyo, Wevers was 14th in balance beam qualifying, missing the eight-woman final.

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