U.S. gymnast Morgan Hurd won the women’s all-around at the World Championships in Montreal on Friday night.
The 16-year-old Delaware native continued a streak of dominance for the United States. An American has won every women’s world and Olympic all-around title since Jordyn Wieber was crowned champion at 2011 Worlds. The following year, Gabby Douglas collected gold at the London Olympics. And then Simone Biles began her reign in 2013, winning three world all-around titles before capping it off with a gold medal last year in Rio.
Hurd, who is making her World Championships debut, didn’t enter the competition as a favorite, but she was able to win gold over a field thinned out by injuries.
Top U.S. qualifier Ragan Smith withdrew right before the all-around final after rolling her ankle while warming up on vault.
Smith, an alternate for the 2016 Rio Olympic team, was among the top all-around contenders after finishing second in qualification. USA Gymnastics posted an update that Smith was being taken for X-rays.
Another major contender, Romania’s Larisa Iordache, was forced to withdraw from competition after tearing her Achilles tendon in the warmup before qualification on Wednesday. The 21-year-old, who is a two-time world all-around medalist, also missed the 2016 Olympics because of a finger injury she sustained in the lead-up to the Games.
Hurd has a chance to collect more hardware in Montreal on Sunday, when she is slated to compete in the balance beam final.
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