USA’s Morgan Hurd wins surprise gold in all-around final at world championships

first_imgAmerican teenager Morgan Hurd captured the women’s all-around title on Friday night at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium in her senior world championships debut.The 16-year-old from Middletown, Delaware, finished with a score of 55.232, one tenth of a point in front of Canada’s Ellie Black (55.132), who took silver. Elena Eremina of Russia won the bronze (54.799). The surprise win by Hurd, who was fortunate to even make the US team after a sixth-place finish in the all-around at nationals in August, makes it seven straight all-around titles for the United States at Olympics and worlds.Hurd entered the final rotation, floor exercise, two tenths of a point behind Black and delivered a strong performance, save for stepping out of bounds on her third tumbling pass, to pass the hometown favorite for first.Black, competing second to last, failed to pass Hurd, leaving it to Japan’s Mai Murakami, who finished first in the all-around qualifying. Murakami needed a 14.767 for first but managed only 14.233 to give Hurd the title.Hurd’s team-mate Ragan Smith, an alternate on last year’s Olympic team, had started the night as the top contender for the title, but was forced to withdraw from the competition after suffering an ankle injury during warm-ups. Hurd has a chance to add to her maiden haul on Sunday when she is scheduled to compete in the balance beam final. Read more Share on Twitter Share via Email … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Simone Biles Share on Facebook Max Whitlock retains world title in style in men’s pommel final Topicscenter_img Support The Guardian Since you’re here… Share on Messenger Share on LinkedIn Share on Pinterest Share on WhatsApp Gymnastics Reuse this contentlast_img