Emma Slevin from Galway made history last night in becoming the first Irish female gymnast to qualify for a Senior All-Around Top–24 Final.

With 109 gymnasts competing from 38 countries, it was a big ask for an athlete who has not been able to compete for 18 months due to Covid restrictions.

The final will take place tomorrow, Friday 23rd April from 12.15 pm – 2.45 pm Irish time with the competition being broadcast on RTE2.

Fellow competitor Meg Ryan, only competed on 3 out of the 4 apparatus omitting Vault in order to make sure she prioritises a longer build-up towards Tokyo 2021 seeing as she is the first reserve for the Games.

“This was a superb day for women’s gymnastics in Ireland,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.

“Emma’s performance cements her position as one of the best All-Around gymnasts in Europe and again a history maker as our first senior AA women’s finalist.”

“With Meg focussing on building towards Tokyo, seeing as she is currently the first reserve for the games, her performances on the three apparatus she competed were exactly what she needed to do. Both girls went through with no major errors. For all gymnasts, the target is always for a clean competition which both girls delivered.”

“On behalf of everyone at Gymnastics Ireland huge congratulations to Emma and Meg, their coaches Sally Batley and Emma Hamill and our Performance and Technical Manager Sally Johnson. Roll on finals on Friday.

Rhys McClenaghan, who has already secured his place for the Tokyo games, will compete today alongside Adam Steele in the Men’s qualifying round which is due to take place at 4 pm Irish time.

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