Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Black Sits First in All-Around Qualifications at Gymnastics Worlds

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Canada's Black Sits First in All-Around Qualifications at Gymnastics Worlds

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Black sits first in all-around qualifications

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MONTREAL - Ellie Black remains Canada's best hope to medal at the world artistic gymnastics championships after a dominant qualifying session.

Black finished first in all-around qualifications on Tuesday after two qualifying sessions at Montreal's Olympic Stadium. There are three more sessions on Wednesday, which include powerhouses China and the United States. The top 24 gymnasts advance to the final.

"Today was awesome and I was so proud of all the girls," said Black, the five-time Canadian champion. "Not everything was perfect but I was able to get through the four events today and get a feel for that competition. Hopefully there are some more competitions to look forward to the rest of the week.

"My goal in any competition is to be strong and confident and attack my routines the best I possibly can. I was very pleased with my performances today."

The Halifax native is also on track to progress in some of the individual events, where the top eight gymnasts reach the final. Black finished first on the balance beam, third on the vault and third in the floor exercises.

"We still have to wait until tomorrow but it's an incredible thing to have such a great day of competition today," said the 22-year-old. "I'm very happy with the progress that I've been able to make.

"Canada is a top country in the world in gymnastics and we want to keep building and pushing."

Black's teammates also had a good day in front of the cheering home crowd.

Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, Ont., finished second in the floor exercises and seventh in all-around competition. She could squeak by in both categories after Wednesday's qualifiers.

"I did make some mistakes but I'm happy I did because now I can work for those," said Moors. "I know what I need to do in the next couple of days or in the future."

The 16-year-old would have fared better in the all-around standings but she lost most of her points on the balance beam. …

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