Junior European Champion Elena Eremina grabs World bronze, Morgan Hurd new World Champion

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Junior European Champion Elena Eremina grabs World bronze, Morgan Hurd new World Champion

October 7, 2017

Competition report of the women’s all-around final at #mtl2017gym

In a sold-out Olympic Stadium, the 24 best gymnasts in the world battled for the all-around title. Just one thousandths of a point separated Japan’s Mai Murakami and American Ragan Smith after the qualification round but the American favourite withdrew from the final last minute because of an ankle injury. She was replaced by Romania’s Ioana Crisan.

The top group started strong on vault. However, it was European bars Champion Nina Derwael that took the lead after the first rotation, performing another great bars routine. A fall from beam made her lose several places in the ranking. Canada’s Ellie Black and the USA’s Morgan Hurd tied for the lead at the halfway point but both experienced problems on beam. Russia’s junior European Champion Elena Eremina lost some ground on vault and had a mistake on bars, but a solid effort on beam and floor put her back in medal contention. Morgan Hurd tumbled to victory while crowd favourite Ellie Black came up short a tenth for the gold. Still a historic performance, it’s the first ever all-around World medal for Canada. Eremina had to bite her nails until the very last performance as Japan’s Mai Murakami’s floor result could still bump her off the podium. Murakami showed off great difficulty but after a low score on beam, her total score lacked just a tenth for a medal. Bronze for Elena Eremina! The 16-year-old said afterwards: “It’s my first World Championships and I’m so excited to have won a medal. I had a mistake on bars. If I didn’t have this, I could have done better though.”

Three more European gymnasts round out the top eight: France’s Melanie de Jesus dos Santos in fifth place, 2015 European Champion Giulia Steingruber (SUI) in seventh and Belgium’s Nina Derwael in eight.

Top 8

1.      Morgan Hurd (USA) 55.232

2.      Ellie Black (CAN) 55.132

3.      Elena Eremina (RUS) 54.799

4.      Mai Murakami (JPN) 54.699

5.      Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (FRA) 54.132

6.      Aiko Sugihara (JPN) 53.965

7.      Giulia Steingruber (SUI) 53.666

8.      Nina Derwael (BEL) 53.498

 

Full results are available on the FIG’s event website: https://live.fig-gymnastics.com/schedule.php?idevent=13465

These World Championships continue with the event finals in the weekend!