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19th Oct 2021

Emma Slevin is the first Irish gymnast at the World Gymnastics Championships all-arounds finals

Ellen Fitzpatrick

She’s killing it.

Emma Slevin has become the first Irish gymnast ever to make it to the all-around finals at the World Gymnastics Championships.

At only 18 years old, she has qualified at the 21st spot in Japan, with the top 24 competitors making it through to the finals.

With a score of 50.165 overall for the qualifying round, she earned her best score on the vault with 13.533.

The all-around final is set to take place on Thursday at 10.30 am Irish time, which will be shown on the RTÉ Player.

“I’m very happy with my performance today and it was actually a very enjoyable experience as well,” Slevin said after her big achievement.

“I felt confident out there and despite a few small mistakes, I’m very proud of how I did. I have a great team around me that support me all the way and helped me prepare for this competition.

“Overall it was a great experience and I’m super excited for the final.”

Gymnastics Ireland’s Women’s National Performance coach, Sally Batley added: “It has been a fantastic opportunity to compete out here in Japan, it’s one more competition under our belts where we’ve gained great experience on the international field.

“We’re looking forward to the final, we have a few focus points to work on but most importantly we want to absorb this experience, enjoy it and show off Emma’s hard work. It’s a great way to finish off the year, I’m incredibly proud of her.”

Olympic finalist Rhys Mc Clenaghan is also set to be taking part in the World Championships and is expected to compete in the qualifying round of the pommel horse event on Wednesday at 7.10 am Irish time.