By Karen Price | March 23, 2019, 12 p.m. (ET)
Jade Carey competes in the floor excercise at the FIG Gymnastics World Cup on March 22, 2019 in Doha, Qatar. 

 

Gymnast Jade Carey sits atop the individual world cup rankings in women’s vault, and on Saturday, she made a push to summit the rankings on the floor exercise as well. 

Carey followed up Friday’s gold medal in vault at the world cup stop in Doha, Qatar, with a second gold medal on the floor, scoring a 14.466.

After qualifying for the final in first place, the 18-year-old from Phoenix nailed her tumbling passes, showed improvement in her dance sequences and was the only competitor to top the 14.00 threshold in gaining control of the leaderboard. She beat Italy’s Lara Mori by more than one point, with Mori scoring 13.433 to take the silver medal. Italy’s Vanessa Ferrari was third with a score of 13.300.

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Ferrari led the world cup rankings on floor exercise with 50 points coming into the weekend but Carey was close on her heels with 46 points following last weekend’s competition in Baku, Azerbaijan, in which the top three were the same as in Doha. With Saturday’s win, Carey overtakes Ferrari with a total of 76 points. Ferrari now has 70 followed by Mori with 68 points.

That is important because the top-ranking gymnasts on each apparatus at the conclusion of the world cup series will earn a spot at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Doha marks the halfway point of the eight-competition series, which concludes in spring 2020.

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.