08. October 2017  
Montreal, CAN  
Artistic Gymnastics


US-American Morgan HURD won the all-around title in the 38th Women's Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Friday night in Montreal, spoiling Elsabeth Black's bid to become the first Canadian winner. The 16-year-old girl with Chinese rules from Indianapolis, living in Middletown / Deleware, edged the Canadian Ellie Black by 0.101 points, finishing with 55.232 points in her world championships debut.  Russia's Elena Eremina came on third place with a score of  54.799. American Ragan Smith, the favorite to win the gold medal, was forced to withdraw from the final after injuring her ankle during the vault warm up at Olympic Stadium. Black is a five-time Canadian champion.
The leading Japanese after the prelims, Mai Murakami, came on 4th place, followed by France's Mirela de Jesus dos Santos, the second Japanese Aiko Sugihara and by the Swiss Giulia Steingruber ...

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- V A U L T
   1. PASEKA, Maria  (RUS)           - (6.0) - 14,700
- (5.8)  - 15,000  = 14,850
   2. CAREY, Jade               (USA) 
- (5.8)  - 14,800
- (5.6)  - 14,733  = 14,766
   3. STEINGRUBER, Giulia    (SUI)
- (5.8) - 14,633
- (5.4) - 14,300  = 14,466
... 5. CHUSOVITINA, Oksana (UZB)
- (5.4) - 14,433
- (5.2) - 14.300  = 14,366
       > Detailed Results
- U N E V E N   B A R S
   1. FAN, Yilin                   (CHN)  - (6.5)  = 15,166
   2. EREMINA, Elena        (RUS)  - (6.3)  = 15,100
   3. DERWAEL, Nina         (BEL)  - (6.3)  = 15,033

... 4. ILIANKOVA, Anastas. (RUS)  - (6.2)  = 14,900
    5. SEITZ, Elisabeth  (GER)  - (6.1)  = 14,766
     > Detailed Results

Women's Qualification rounds (Oct 3 - 4)
... after Wednesday's subdivisions 5 the Japanese Mai Murakami (55,933) took the lead in all-around, followed by Ragan Smith (USA; 55,932; by a differenz of - 0,001 !) and Canada's local hero Elsabeth Black (55,766). Russias Elena Eremia (54,999) came on fifth place behind the French newcomer Melanie de Jesus dos Santos (55,299).
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* Maria Paseka, the reigning World titleholder and Olympic silver medallist on Vault, finished atop the rankings in qualification on the event. The Russian will perform in Saturday’s final alongside Rio bronze medallist Giulia Steingruber, as well as the doyenne of the World Championships, Oksana Chusovitina (UZB), who at 42 once again earned a ticket to the final on her best event.
* China’s Fan Yilin will also get an opportunity to defend her World title on Uneven Bars, though Russians Elena Eremina and Anastasia Iliankova dominated the qualification.
* ...and those who early exit The Netherlands’s Sanne Wevers, who made a sensation in Rio by clinching the Olympic title on Balance Beam, created surprise by making an early exit from Worlds. But Germany’s Tabea Alt earned the highest score on Balance Beam, thanks to her superior difficulty score. Romania’s Catalina Ponor, a three-time Olympic gold medallist from 2004, did not fare any better than Wevers.
* Amy Tinkler did not qualify among the top eight on Floor, the event that earned her bronze in Rio, but the young Brit will return for Friday’s All-around final. The shattered dream of Larisa Iordache Romania’s Larisa Iordache sustained an Achilles tendon injury as she was warming up on Floor Exercise, dashing the two-time World All-around medallist’s (silver 2014 and bronze 2015) hopes even before she had performed a routine. Iordache, who claimed the All-around title at the Summer Universiade in August, was the only All-around medallist from the 2015 World Championships competing in Montreal.
* This year for first time, the World Championships will feature Gymnastics Ambassadors. The winners of the individual All-around will have the honour of receiving their gold medals from the hands of Nadia Comaneci, the queen of the 1976 Olympic Games, who is also the official spokesperson of the event, and from Kyle Shewfelt, the only Canadian to have been crowned Olympic champion in Artistic Gymnastics (gold on Floor at the 2004 Olympic Games.)