Gymnastics

Canada's artistic gymnasts off to strong start at worlds

Canada is performing well to open the 2015 world championships in Glasgow, Scotland, and the team is closing in on a berth to the 2016 Rio Olympics.

Ellie Black puts Team Canada in position to secure Olympic berth

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Canada's Ellie Black pleased with team's performance in qualifying at world artistic gymnastics championships. 2:42

The Canadian women's artistic gymnastics team is off to a strong start at the 2015 world championships in Glasgow, Scotland.

Canada's Ellie Black finished the day third in the all-around competition as well as the balance beam, while Brittany Rogers sits ninth in the vault and 15th in uneven bars.

Black scored a 57.299 in her all-around competition score, which had in the lead for a good portion of the day, before she dropped to third. If she can duplicate this type of performance in the all-around final on Oct. 29, she stands a good shot at a podium finish.

"Ellie is gaining a reputation around the world of being a real contender," said Kyle Shewfelt, Olympic gold medallist and CBC analyst. "At any competition, she is always a real threat to win."

Rogers of New Westminster, B.C., has been a huge asset to Team Canada, as she took a break from her duties at the University of Georgia to help the team attempt to qualify for the Rio Olympics.

Canada finished Day 1 in seventh place in the overall team competition with a score of 222.780. The finals for the team event go on Oct. 27. With a top eight finish in the team competition they will get a berth to the Olympics. With that berth, they will be granted five spots for individual competitors.

As the women's team event qualifying concluded Saturday, the U.S. snagged the lead with a total score 236.611.

The world championships will continue through until Nov.1. CBC will have coverage on the new Road to the Olympic Games show, on Oct. 31.

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