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Black finishes fifth in beams at world championships

['<p>Halifax-born Olympic gymnast Ellie Black hasn’t let an injury during the 2012 London Olympics keep her down. The 19-year-old now has her sights set on the Pan Am Games in Toronto this summer, and inspired a new generation of gymnasts in the Maritimes along the way. JOHN BRANNEN - TC MEDIA.</p>']
Halifax-born Olympic gymnast Ellie Black

Halifax’s Ellie Black finished fifth in the beam finals as the world gymnastics championship concluded Saturday in Doha, Qatar.

The 23-year-old posted a total score of 13.033 after a solid performance on the beam.

Canadian teammate Ana Padurariu won the silver medal, giving Canada its second medal in as many days at the competition.

The 16-year-old from Whitby, Ont., scored 14.100 points on her routine, which carried a difficulty score of 6.000. Padurariu, who qualified in fifth place for the beam final, received 8.100 for execution.

Liu Tingting of China who won gold with 14.533 points while American Simone Biles took bronze with 13.600.

“This is unbelievable, I’m still trying to believe it right now,” Padurariu said in a news release. “It paid off. These weeks have been a roller coaster, but it ended on a good note, and that’s all I can ask for.”

Shallon Olsen of Surrey, B.C. captured a silver medal on the vault on Friday.

Later Saturday, Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, Ont., scored 13.066 in the floor final for an eighth-place finish.

Biles took gold with a score of 14.933 — her 20th world championship medal — Morgan Hurd of the U.S. won silver and Japan’s Mai Murakami rounded out the podium.

Canada finished the world championships with a record-setting two silver medals and a record-setting high placing of fourth in the women’s team competition.

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