13th place for Ellie Downie in women’s Olympic all-around final

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Team GB’s Ellie Downie has finished in 13th place in the women’s gymnastics Olympic all-around final in Rio.

Ellie began well with an impressive vault (15.100) and floor (14.300) and then moved on to bars hoping to continue her good form, unfortunately however she struggled to keep momentum half way through her routine and put her knee down on her double straight back dismount to score 13.783. Heading to beam she went for broke with her most difficult routine. It was solid throughout with impressive work, however she unfortunately had too much power on her upgraded double Arabian dismount and had to count a fall scoring 13.700. Even with errors however, Ellie still finished in a strong position with a total of 56.883 and in her first Olympics shows great promise for the future.  

The gold went to the sensational Simone Biles from the USA with a huge score of 62.198, it was then a 1-2 for the US with Alexandra Raisman taking the silver (60.098) and Russia’s Aliya Mustafina taking bronze (58.665).

Ellie Downie said: “I was really happy with how floor and vault went. On bars I think I just lost a bit of concentration which is really frustrating and something I’ll learn from. I had a long wait on beam but didn’t feel nervous, the actual routine was really good but the landing again I needed to focus more.  It’s mixed emotions knowing that if I had gone clean I had a chance of a medal which shows I’m right up there on my day. That’s a big positive to take out of these Games looking ahead. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster experience but I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and the fact I’ve been able to battle through. The support from British Gymnastics, The Lottery and the amazing support back home has made a massive difference and really helped us all."

Full results can be found on the official event website.

Gymnastics continues tomorrow with the women’s trampoline qualification and final at 6pm UK time. Team GB will be represented by Kat Driscoll and Bryony Page.

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