Halifax gymnast Black captures World Cup bronze in Tokyo

The Canadian Press

4/14/2013 6:11:29 PM

TOKYO -- Canadian gymnast Ellie Black captured a bronze medal in her all around World Cup debut Sunday.

The Halifax native, a member of Canada's 2012 Olympic team, was third after Saturday's vault and uneven bars, then maintained her overall ranking after placing fourth on floor and third on beam Sunday.

Asuka Teramoto of Japan won the gold, overtaking first-day leader Peyton Ernst of the U.S. who finished second.

Black, who played a key role helping the Canadian women's team achieve a best-ever fifth place finish at the London Olympics, won her first World Cup medals less than a year ago at an individual-event meet in Croatia.

"It was different this time because it was an all around event, so I was very excited to see what it was all about," said Black.

"Vault is my favourite event and it went really well but I was also very pleased with my uneven bars performance because it's been a difficult event for me. I've been working really hard to bring up the level and I think I did a pretty good job."

The competition was the final all-around World Cup of the 2012-2013 season.