Ellie Black finished fourth in the beam final at the Tokyo Olympics, just 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 Sunisa Lee of the United States, but Black finished ahead after receiving a better execution score.
The 25-year-old from Halifax competed despite a sprained ankle that forced her to withdraw from the all-around competition.
Simone Biles of the United States picked up the seventh medal of her Olympic career, taking bronze with a score of 14. Biles competed in her first final in Tokyo after pulling out of the team and all-around events to focus on her mental health.
China took the top two spots, with Guan Chenchen earning 14.633 and Tang Xijing finishing with 14.233.
Black had aggravated a previous ankle injury dismounting from the beam during training a week earlier.
She completed difficult elements in her final routine with a few wobbles, but stuck her landing. Black then hugged her coach David Kikuchi and wept.
Kyle Shewfelt was the first Canadian to win a medal of any colour in artistic gymnastics when he claimed men’s floor exercise gold in 2004.
—The Canadian Press
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