A fall on the uneven bars thwarted Ellie Black’s bid to repeat as a medallist in the individual all-around competition at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Doha, Qatar on Thursday.
The 23-year-old from Halifax placed 12th with a total score of 54.133 after qualifying in sixth place with 54.999. Black won the individual all-around silver at last year’s worlds in Montreal.
“Overall, I’m really happy with how the day went,” Black said in a news release. “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.
“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.”
American Simone Biles won a record fourth world title, Mai Murakami of Japan captured the silver and 2017 gold medallist Morgan Hurd of the United States earned the bronze.
Black’s Canadian teammate Brooklyn Moors of Ontario placed 24th.
“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,” Canadian coach David Kikuchi of Halifax said in a news release. “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.”
Black will compete in the vault on Friday and the beam on Saturday.