Canada made history at the world gymnastics championships.
Three-time Olympian Ellie Black, Laurie Denommee, Denelle Pedrick, Emma Spence and Sydney Turner won bronze in the team event to secure a spot in that event at the Paris 2024 Olympics.
This is Canada’s first-ever world medal in the team event.
The Canadians scored 160.563 points en route to bronze. The United States took gold with 166.564, while Great Britain took silver (163.363).
Black’s balance beam routine in the final rotation helped the Canadians to a team total of 160.563 points, nearly a full point better than Brazil, who finished fourth. Not bad for a team that barely reached last place in the eight-team final.
Black, the most accomplished Canadian gymnast in the program’s history, wept as her country’s flag moved to third place.
“I couldn’t believe it and I didn’t want them to joke with me that maybe we could be third,” Black said. “I’m just blown away. I’m so proud of the team. Before the final we were eighth and we said we can only go up from there.”
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Ban on serving the Russian team
Russia, the reigning Olympic champion, is currently banned from competing at events organized by the FIG and the European Gymnastics Federation due to the war in Ukraine.
A year after finishing second to the Russians at the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo, the United States moved back into first place by building on the experience of Chiles and Carey – who both won medals in Japan – and on Jones’ dogged determination.
Except for a fall from Blakely on the beam, the United States avoided major mistakes, taking the lead on the jump in their first rotation and never letting Great Britain come within striking distance. real.