Godwin finishes 13th in World Championship All-Around Final

Australia’s Georgia Godwin has climbed seven places from Qualifications to finish 13th All-Around in the Women’s Individual All-Around Final at the 47th FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Championships.

In a sold-out Montreal Olympic Stadium, Godwin looked right at home on the world’s ultimate gymnastics stage, improving her All-Around score from Qualifications to 52.032.

Godwin exceeded her Qualification scores on Floor and Uneven Bars, and despite another consistent Beam routine, had to battle through the roars of the crowd whilst local favourite, Ellie Black, competed on Floor at the same time during the final rotation.

“I knew she [Black] was going at the same time [as me]…so I was prepared for the loud noise that the crowd made,” Godwin explained, “…but I’m confident now that whatever happens I can still stay confident, stay on the beam and focus on what I need to do.”

After Qualifying for the All-Around final in 20th position, Godwin said it was a surreal feeling to be ranked as the 13th best All-Arounder in the world.

“It feels great…I’m surprised actually because I feel like I did pretty much the same as [in] Qualifications, [I] just cleaned up a little bit…but I guess it’s just who can stay on the apparatus at the end of the day during the competition.” 

Eyes have been on the Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics team in Montreal this week, after US super-coach, Mihai Brestyan, was announced as Australia’s new National Coach in March earlier this year.  Whilst Brestyan has only been in the role for six months and there is still a lot of hard work that needs to be done, it appears that his famed training regime is beginning to show its effects.

“It’s been a tough week I’m not going to lie,” Godwin laughed, “…routines every day…but definitely it helped me in the end.  Being able to hit two days of four from four [error-free routines] it’s been great…it’s paid off so I think I’ll definitely be sticking with that.”

After a successful World Championship campaign, Godwin now has her eyes on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games.

“It’s in my home town on the Gold Coast, [so] I’m super excited to hopefully qualify and represent Australia in the Commonwealth Games.”

In a drama-filled evening which saw the pre-event favourite, Ragan Smith of the USA, withdraw due to injury minutes before the beginning of competition, her teammate, 16-year-old Morgan Hurd, stepped up to be crowned as the new Women’s All-Around World Champion.  Local hero Black also made Canadian gymnastics history by placing second, whilst Russia’s Elena Eremina was third.

Full results can be found here.