Ireland’s Emma Slevin has secured a place in history by becoming the first Irish gymnast to qualify for the coveted All-Around finals of the World Gymnastics Championships.
Emma placed 21st in the early hours of this morning with a score of 50.165.
She needed to be within the top 24 gymnasts competing in Japan to make the final which will take place on Thursday 21st October at 6.30 am 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 with this competition being the first in her Paris 2024 campaign.
Emma scored 11.466 on Balance Beam, even with an unfortunate fall; 12.466 on Floor; 12.700 on Uneven Bars and finally 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,” said Slevin from the mixed zone in Kitakyushu.
“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.”
“It has been a fantastic opportunity to compete out here in Japan,” added Gymnastics Ireland’s Women’s National Performance Coach, Sally Batley.
“It’s one more competition under our belts where we’ve gained great experience in 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.”
“Emma has broken into coveted Top 24 All-Around gymnasts in the world – to say we are proud is an understatement,” said Gymnastics Ireland CEO Ciaran Gallagher.
“Huge congratulations to Emma, her coach Sally Batley and our Performance and Technical Manager Sally Johnson. Congratulations also to Emma’s family and all at Renmore Gymnastics Club in Galway. What a start to her Paris 2024 campaign.”
Rhys McClenaghan will be next to compete for a place in the final. His Pommell Horse competition gets underway tomorrow, Wednesday 20th October at 3.10 pm local time, 7.10 am Irish time. It can be watched on the Gymnastics.Sport YouTube Channel.
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