Canadian Ellie Black finishes fourth on women’s beam, Biles takes bronze
TOKYO – Ellie Black finished fourth in the beam final at the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly missing a first Olympic medal in women’s artistic gymnastics for Canada. Black finished with a score of 13.866 points.
TOKYO – Ellie Black finished fourth in the beam final at the Tokyo Olympics, narrowly missing a first Olympic medal in women’s artistic gymnastics for Canada.
Black finished with a score of 13.866 points. The total was tied with American Sunisa Lee, but Black finished first after getting a better execution score.
The 25-year-old from Halifax competed despite a sprained ankle that forced her to withdraw from the all-around.
Simone Biles of the United States captured the seventh medal of her Olympic career, winning bronze with a score of 14. Biles made her first final in Tokyo after retiring from the squad and general events for focus on their sanity.
China took the top two places, with Guan Chenchen at 14.633 and Tang Xijing at 14.233.
Black had aggravated a previous ankle injury coming off the beam in practice a week earlier.
She completed some difficult elements in her final routine with a few swings, but blocked her landing. Black then hugged his trainer David Kikuchi and cried.
Kyle Shewfelt was the first Canadian to win a medal of any color in artistic gymnastics when he won gold in men’s floor practice in 2004.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on August 3, 2021.
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