Canada’s Elsabeth Black fulfilled expectations by winning the gold medal in the women's artistic gymnastics individual all-around final on Saturday.
It was a close contest between her and Australia's Georgia Godwin. Black had been comfortably in the lead after two apparatus, but then came to the beam and had a fall.
Black managed to keep a slim lead, and when her closest rival, England’s Kelly Simm, also fell from the balance beam, the door was open for Godwin, who held her nerve with a strong and steady beam routine.
"It was incredible," Black said.
"My coach said that I just had to go out there and enjoy it. That's what I did. I just wanted to show what Canadian gymnastics is all about. I still had some mistakes, but it's a big step up from last time (coming fourth in the all-around at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games)."
The final outcome was in the balance until the very last exercise. With Godwin first and England’s Alice Kinsella second, Black competed a strong floor routine for the highest score of the day - 13.45.
It was enough for Black to win gold, by just 0.4 of a point ahead of Godwin. It is the first all-around Commonwealth Games gold medal for Canada's women since Kate Richardson in Manchester 2002.
Godwin won the silver medal, improving upon her eighth place in qualifying.
"The qualifiers didn't really go to plan," Godwin said. "I just wanted to go out there, repeat what was good and fix up what wasn't so good. I did, it worked out and I'm now a silver medallist. I'm so happy."
Kinsella took bronze, but felt she missed out. "I could have done a lot better today. My beam performance was quite wobbly, and so were my floor landings. So yes, I could have done better, but I'm still proud of what I achieved."
Georgia-Rose Brown, Simm and Latalia Bevan took the next three places.
The gymnastics competition continues on Sunday 8 April with the first day of apparatus finals.
This article was produced by Games News Service.
photos Janos Schmidt