Black finishes historic 5th in all-around final at Rio Olympic Games
Gymnastics Canada – RIO DE JANEIRO, BRA (August 11, 2016) – Ellie Black of Halifax, NS finished her Rio 2016 Olympic Games on a high note, finishing 5th place overall in the all-around final, Canada’s best-ever result in the event at the Olympic Games. The previous best Canadian result was a 13th place in the 1984 Olympic Games by Bonnie Wittmeier.
Black improved over her performance during the team qualification round, where she finished 13th overall to advance to the final. Today, Black finished with a score of 58.298, less than .4 points back of a bronze medal.
“I’m super pleased with what I was able to accomplish. My goal was just to go out there and hit my routines. I’m very happy with the performances I was able to give and I wouldn’t trade that for anything,” said Black following competition. “To be ranked fifth in the world, I mean it’s just a number but I think it was more about going out there and showing the gymnastics that we could do. It’s incredible. I couldn’t be happier with our performances.”
This was the first time since 2004 to have two Canadians competing in an all-around final – Brandon, MB native Isabela Onyshko finished in 18th place scoring 56.365.
“Definitely I thought it was better today. The score doesn’t reflect that, but that’s okay, that’s out of my hands,” said Onyshko, who also qualified for the beam final later this week. “I’m looking forward to just going out there again and showing a great beam routine. Anything can happen.”
Americans Simone Biles and Alexandra Raisman finished with scores of 62.198 and 60.098 respectively to capture the gold and silver medals. Aliya Mustafina of Russia took bronze with a score of 58.665.
The gymnastics competition continues Friday with women’s trampoline at 1400 BT, followed by men’s trampoline on Saturday at the same time. Sunday will see BC’s Shallon Olsen compete in the vault finals, and Onyshko will wrap up the Olympic gymnastics competition for Canada on Monday in the balance beam final.
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