Slevin rounds out Youth Olympic Games with 5th in Beam final

15th October 2018, 22:44p.m. | International

15th Oct 2018: Women’s Artistic gymnast Emma Slevin finished 5th in the Beam final today at the Youth Olympic Games scoring of 11.800. Slevin was the first ever Irish gymnast to qualify for this Olympic event and made history by qualifying for 3 apparatus and All-Around final during the event in Buenos Aires.

Following the competition, Emma commented;

‘It went okay, it definitely wasn’t my best routine, but it wasn’t my worst, and I’m really happy with the result. I’m absolutely wrecked,” Slevin added after the long week of competition, “I’m sure everyone else is the same. It’s just such a tiring way to do a competition. None of us have ever done this format before, but it wasn’t too bad. I got over it, and I got to the end, so I’m happy. I still can’t believe it now so it will sink in soon, and I can believe it then. I think it will be an amazing feeling, I’ll never forget this.

Commenting on the achievements CEO of Gymnastics Ireland, Mr. Ciaran Gallagher said:

‘What an amazing competition for Emma who has established herself as an up and coming breakthrough Irish star on the international circuit. It was an historic achievement to qualify in the first place but to make 4 finals really was something special - the highlights being finishing 6th in the All Around final and 5th on Beam tonight in addition to 8th on Vault and Bars. The gymnastics community in Ireland was watching and at the same time as Emma was competing in Buenos Aries we had 1000 young gymnasts competing in the NIA in Dublin this weekend past all hoping to follow in her footsteps. Again huge congratulations to Emma, her personal coaches Sally Batley & Giacomo Camiciotti and to our Performance & Technical Manager Sally Johnson. What a great first outing for an Irish gymnast at the World Youth Olympic Games!’

This is the third edition of the Youth Olympic Games which are hosted every four years. The Games run from October 6 to October 18 feature more than 4,000 talented junior athletes aged 15 to 18 from 200 countries in over 32 sports. To see full results or find out more visit the official website here…

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