Alice Kinsella has finished in a brilliant 12th place in the world all-around final at the 2019 Artistic Gymnastics World Championships in Stuttgart, Germany.
Competing against the best all-around gymnasts in the world, Alice more than held her own, producing solid routines across the apparatus to place herself inside the world’s top 15 with an all-around total of 54.765.
Alice qualified for the world all-around final two years ago in Montreal, but had to withdraw from the final due to injury; in Stuttgart it was clear she was keen to make up for the lost opportunity. She started her competition on her favourite apparatus, beam. In front of a packed out Hanns Martin Scheyler Halle crowd, it was a fantastic start for the current European champion on this apparatus. She showed no sign of nerves and looked at ease on the world stage, executing her routine well to score 13.800.
Moving on to floor, Alice showed great artistry combined with four good tumbling passes, to better her score on this apparatus from qualifying and team finals. With a score of 12.933, at the halfway stage of the competition she was placed in 14th.
Vault was next, and it was another good rotation for Alice. Showing good form in the air, with just a step back on dismount, she scored 14.266 to keep her inside the top 15.
The final apparatus was uneven bars and it was yet another clean routine from Alice, who showed her consistency throughout the competition. She kept composed, showing good release and catch elements with just a hop forward on dismount to score 13.766 which elevated her to 12th in the final rankings.
Speaking after, Alice said: "I couldn’t really ask for much more. I went out there to enjoy it and gain experience and I’m really happy with 12th. Beam is my favourite, and I love starting on that piece and I started strong, getting my best score of the week. Floor was a lot better than qualifying and the team final too, which set me up really well.
"This gives me a lot of confidence moving in to 2020, which we all know is a big year, and I’m looking forward to what’s to come."
Simone Biles (58.999) from USA took gold, Xijing Tang (56.899) from China won silver, with Angelina Melnikova (56.399) from Russia in the final medal position.