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Galway teenager makes history at World Gymnastics Championships

Phil Egan
Phil Egan

09:27 19 Oct 2021


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Ireland’s Emma Slevin has become the first Irish gymnast to qualify for the All Around finals of the World Gymnastics Championships.

The Galway teenager finished 21st with a score of 50.165 to advance to the final in Kitakyushu, Japan.

The top 24 gymnasts in the world progressed through to the AA final which will take place on Thursday, October 21st at 6.30am Irish time.

Slevin already made history in May of this year by becoming the first Irish gymnast to qualify for All Around Finals in a European Gymnastics Championships.

The 18-year-old scored 11.466 on Balance Beam, 12.466 on Floor, 12.700 on Uneven Bars and 13.533 on Vault giving an AA score of 50.165.

"I’m very happy with my performance today and it was actually a very enjoyable experience as well," Slevin said.

"I felt confident out there and despite a few small mistakes I’m very proud of how I did.

"I have a great team around me that support me all the way and helped me prepare for this competition.

"Overall it was a great experience and I’m super excited for the final."

Gymnastics Ireland’s Women’s National Performance Coach, Sally Batley added: "It has been a fantastic opportunity to compete out here in Japan, it’s one more competition under our belts where we’ve gained great experience on the international field.

"We’re looking forward to the final, we have a few focus points to work on but most importantly we want to absorb this experience, enjoy it and show off Emma’s hard work.

"It’s a great way to finish off the year, I’m incredibly proud of her."

Rhys McClenaghan, who also made history for Ireland this year by becoming the first Irish gymnast to compete at an Olympic final will compete at the qualifiers on Pommel Horse on Wednesday at 7.10am Irish time.


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