Morgan Hurd, the newly crowned women’s all-around gymnastics world champion, capped her sensational world championships debut with a silver medal on the balance beam on Sunday in Montreal.
Her selection to the world championship team came as a surprise to some after she finished sixth in the all-around at the U.S. championships in August, but Hurd now has two of Team USA’s four medals at the world championships.
The 16-year-old with the braces and glasses, who got a congratulatory tweet from author J.K. Rowling after surprising the world with her all-around victory on Friday night, was the sixth gymnast to go in the beam final and needed to beat a 13.533 to take first place.
Hurd’s routine was cleaner than it was during the all-around final. The Middletown, Delaware, native had a few balance checks and took a one-tenth deduction for going over the 1:30 time allotment, but she landed her difficult dismount of a double back somersault with a full twist to score a 13.4.
Hurd qualified for the beam final in second place with a 13.5, just behind Germany’s Tabea Alt with a 13.533. Alt finished with the bronze medal, earning 13.300, while teammate Pauline Schaeffer won the gold with 13.533.
The U.S. will have one last competitor in the world championships as Jade Carey competes in the floor exercise final later on today. Ragan Smith, who qualified for the floor final, had to withdraw from the competition before the all-around after she tore right ankle ligaments in vault warm-ups.