Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis has expressed pride at being able to secure a historic spot for the country at next year’s Olympic Test event.
Francis finished 66th at the recently held World Championships in Glasgow, a feat perhaps made more impressive by the fact that she competed with two fractured ribs.
The athlete sustained the injury a couple of days ahead of the event and still suffered discomfort in several of her routines.
Francis scored 13.000 on the James Bond-themed floor exercise that she brought over from NCAA competition, then earned her highest score of the night on vault with a 13.866 on her Yurchenko layout full.
On uneven bars, she hit a solid routine for a score of 12.200, and she finished the night with a stuck back-handspring/back-handspring/double full dismount on beam to score 12.933.
“It was such a fun competition and I was so proud to wear the colours of Jamaica in front of the world,” Francis said.
“To get a place for Jamaica at the test event is the icing on the cake and I look forward to getting Jamaican gymnastics recognised.
“The achievements of Jamaican track and field stars is known around the world but I, along with my teammates, want to make people appreciate Jamaican gymnastics and get more youngsters involved in the sport on the island itself.”
The 21-year-old, a former member of the British team, who became a full Jamaican citizen this year through herfather’s heritage, competed at previous World and European competitions, and now attends UCLA.