Halifax’s Ellie Black is coming home from Japan with a silver medal.
Black narrowly finished second to U.S. rival Morgan Hurd in the all-around at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Tokyo.
Hurd’s overall winning score of 55.099, edged out Black by .067 of a point. Japan’s Asuko Teramoto was third with 54.799 points.
Black landed the top score on the beam. Her score of 13.733 put her in top spot heading into the final rotation on floor.
She had a strong routine but a small step out of bounds on her second pass pushed her back into the silver medal position with a score of 13.266.
Black posted scores of 14.500 on the vault and 13.533 on the bars, finishing second on each apparatus.
“I was just looking to come out and show some of my best gymnastics and to have fun,” Black said in a news release.
“The highlight of the competition for me was being able to compete with the team in the audience and to have that Canadian support from the crowd ... I was pretty happy with my vault because I stuck it. It was a great competition — really fun, and a great experience.
“It’s been a great week in Japan,” she added. “It’s been very beneficial for the girls to experience the travel, the long trip here, to try out the equipment, experience the culture and the different kinds of food. To have a training camp away from home together as a team, especially in Japan with the Olympics in Tokyo next year, was definitely beneficial. It’s been a very inspiring trip and very special.”
Black and Hurd also shared the podium at the 2017 world championships, with Hurd winning gold and Black taking silver.
Next up for the Canadian gymnastics team are the Canadian championships, May 23-26 in Ottawa.