Ellie Downie 11th and Kelly Simm 19th in world all-around final - British Gymnastics

Ellie Downie 11th and Kelly Simm 19th in world all-around final


Ellie Downie has placed 11th and Kelly Simm 19th as they took on the world best in the women’s all-around final at the artistic gymnastics world championships in Doha.

Ellie, the 2017 European all-around champion, returned to competition after injury at this event and proved herself once again with a superb score of 54.233. British all-around champion Kelly counted some mistakes in her performance finishing a commendable 51.799 in the high calibre field. The gold medal went to American favourite Simone Biles (57.491) with Murakami of Japan in silver (55.798) and defending champion Hurd of USA in bronze (55.732).

Ellie said after: “I’m really, really happy. I’ve had a tough time being out with injury and today I really feel like a gymnast again. My difficulty still isn’t back to what it can be so to still finish 11th in the world is really encouraging. It’s very special competing in a world final, especially when I put out a good performance. This gives me a massive boost of confidence to keep working and be even stronger next year”

Ellie took to the bars first and got off to a very confident start with an excellent routine scoring her 13.900 marks. On beam she had to battle through two wobbles  but did so very well continuing to execute her difficult skills and ending with a perfect dismount to score 12.700. On floor she unleashed some huge tumbling skills and was rewarded with 13.233 points. A double yurchenko vault completing Ellie’s superb all-around display to score her 14.400.

Kelly began her competition on beam where she couldn’t quite hold her balance after a twisting backflip and fell scoring 11.533 points. On floor she looked confident in her difficult tumbling, one small step out but still scoring her an impressive 12.466 and this was followed with a great vault landed well for a score of 13.900. Finishing on bars Kelly successfully navigated her way through her routine, dismounting well for a score of 13.900.

The apparatus finals get underway tomorrow with Max Whitlock MBE on pommel horse and Becky Downie on bars, BBC Two from 1pm.