Ana Padurariu of Bracebridge, Ontario has won a silver medal for Canada at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar on Saturday. Padurariu placed second in the women’s balance beam event for Canada’s second medal at the 2018 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships. Shallon Olsen of Vancouver, British Columbia won a silver medal for Canada on the women’s vault on Friday. It is the first time ever that two Canadian women have earned a medal at a single World Artistic Gymnastics Championship.
Padurariu posted a score of 14.1 (six points for difficulty and 8.1 points for execution). Tingting Liu of China won the gold medal with a score of 14.533 points and Simone Biles of the United States won the bronze medal with a score of 13.6 points.
Padurariu earned a medal by 0.634 points. Nina Derwael of Belgium was in fourth place with a score of 13.466 points.
Padurariu was also one of two Canadians who finished in the top five in the women’s balance beam. Ellie Black of Halifax, Nova Scotia, who finished second in the women’s individual all-around at the 2017 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Montreal, finished fifth.
Heading into the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, there is a lot to be excited about the depth of the Canadian women’s gymnastics team. Brooklyn Moors of Cambridge, Ontario also qualified for a women’s individual apparatus final as she was eighth on the floor, and Canada finished fourth in the women’s team competition.