Gymnast Ellie Black from Halifax has been awarded a silver medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Black placed second in the women’s vault finals with a score of 14.433. The gold medal went to Claudia Fragapane of England with a 14.633. Placing third was India.

Later on Thursday Black will have a chance to win a second medal when she competes in uneven bars. She can also capture medals on Friday in the balance beam and floor competitions.

The 19-year-old was part of the Canadian team that finished a surprising fifth, its best-ever result, in the team event at the London Olympics. Black is also a two-time national all-around champ who placed eighth in the floor event and 13th in the all-around at last year's world championships.

Gymnastics is a sport in which Canada has excelled at the Commonwealth Games in the past.

Though Canada won only eight gymnastics medals in 2010, the country still ranks second all-time with 115 podium finishes.

Australia dominated in the last Commonwealth Games in Delhi, winning 21 medals to move into the all-time lead with 126.