Gymnastics

Ellie Black leads Canadian charge to finals at gymnastics worlds

Moors, Olsen, Clay also advance for Canada

CBC Sports

October 05, 2017

Canada's Ellie Black qualified for the artistic gymnastics all-around final with a third-place result in Wednesday's qualifications. (Mark Blinch/The Canadian Press)

Ellie Black is leading the way for Canada at the artistic gymnastics world championships in Montreal. 

Following the completion of the qualifying rounds on Wednesday night, four Canadians have advanced to the weekend's finals. 

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Black of Halifax, N.S., qualified for the women's all-around final in third place with a total score of 55.766. Japan's Murakami Mai qualified first with a total score of 55.933, while American Ragan Smith was second with a total score of 55.932.

Black also qualified for the vault final in seventh, and the beam final in fourth. She is also the first reserve on floor.

World championships rookie Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, Ont, also qualified for the all-around final in 15th with a total score of 52.631. She also qualified for the floor final in fifth.

Rio 2016 vault finallist Shallon Olsen of Surrey, B.C., continued to show her strength on the apparatus, qualifying in fifth for the final.

"We are very pleased with Canada's results in the qualifications," women's national team director Dave Brubaker said. "Our athletes want to perform their absolute best in front of the hometown crowd so we will continue training and execute our plan to try to produce the best results in the all-around finals and the individual event finals." 

The women's all-around final takes place on Friday, streaming live at 7 p.m. ET on CBCSports.ca. CBC-TV will also broadcast the event starting at 8 p.m. local time.

The men's all-around final, featuring Zachary Clay of Chilliwack, B.C., takes place on Thursday at 7 p.m. ET.