March 22, 2019, 1:12 p.m. (ET)
Jade Carey competes on the vault at the FIG Gymnastics World Cup on March 20, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. 

 

Jade Carey continued to establish herself as one of the top vaulters in women’s gymnastics with her second gold medal in less than a week.

She also strengthened her case toward Olympic qualification. 

Carey, whose new Cheng vault debuted just last week and helped propel her to the top spot on the podium at the AGF Trophy in Baku, Azerbaijan, repeated her success on Friday at the FIG World Cup competition in Doha, Qatar. 

She earned a 15.066 for her Cheng and a 14.700 for her double-twisting Yurchenko for a two-vault average of 14.833. Russia’s Maria Paseka, the 2015 and 2017 world champion on vault, won the silver with a combined score of 14.766 and France’s Coline Devillard took bronze with a score of 14.549.

The gymnasts ranked first on each apparatus at the end of the world cup series will qualify for the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020, with the best three performances counting. The competition in Doha is the fourth out of eight qualifying events.

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With only two results under her belt, Carey, 18, came into the competition ranked third in the world in women’s vault with 55 points behind Uzbekistan’s Oksana Chusovitina (66 points) and Mexico’s Alexa Moreno (56 points). Moreno took fourth and Chusovitina fifth on Friday.

Carey is now close to as perfect as she can be in Olympic qualifying, with two wins and a second-place finish from November.

In the vault qualifications, Carey posted a two-vault average of 14.833 and was in second behind Paseka with 14.850. She will also compete in the floor exercise final on Saturday after qualifying in first place. 

Karen Price is a reporter from Pittsburgh who has covered Olympic sports for various publications. She is a freelance contributor to TeamUSA.org on behalf of Red Line Editorial, Inc.