Black finishes 12th in women’s all-around final at 2018 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships; Moors 24th
Simone Biles of the USA won her record fourth world title with a total score of 57.491 – even after several uncharacteristic falls. Mai Murakami of Japan took the silver medal with a score of 55.798, while last year’s world all-around champion Morgan Hurd of the USA rounded off the podium with the bronze medal and a score of 55.732.
Black, the silver medallist in the all-around at last year’s World Championships, finished the day with a total score of 54.133. She had qualified for the all-around in 6th position with a score of 54.999 but was unable to match that score today.
“Overall, I’m really happy with how the day went. I had a mistake on bars, but I was really happy with how I was able to come back after that and hit my beam and my floor,” said Black following the competition. “It was a really cool experience to be in that top group, and competing with all those top girls. It was a really close final, so it was really nice to go up first on floor and then be able to sit and watch the rest happen. I was really proud of Brooklyn for fighting through and we still have some finals left to come.”
Moors, who was last year’s winner of the Longines Prize of Elegance, finished the day with a score of 50.332, two points shy of her qualifying score of 52.632.
“It wasn’t my best day, but I put it all there, and did the best that I could,” said Moors who had a tough time on beam. “I tried to push myself even though some of my routines didn’t go as planned – I continued on, and was just proud to be out there representing my country.”
Team coach David Kikuchi was pleased with how both athletes pushed through today: “Both Ellie and Brooklyn had three good events today, but had some trouble on their fourth one, so they weren’t able to place quite as high as where they wanted, but the quality of the competition and the field today was excellent and it was a great opportunity to be out there competing against this field, and at the all-around finals at Worlds. We still have some finals, and some work to do over the next couple of days so we’ve got to refocus and get ready for the next one.”
The competition continues tomorrow with the vault apparatus finals featuring Black and Shallon Olsen of Surrey, BC. Saturday will see Black and Ana Padurariu of Whitby, ON competing in the beam finals, and Moors competing on floor.
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