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Tuesday 6 December 2016

Heartbreak for gymnast Ellis after fall from beam

Ellis O’Reilly looking disappointed after her beam routine, when she had a nasty fall Picture: Sportsfile
Ellis O’Reilly looking disappointed after her beam routine, when she had a nasty fall Picture: Sportsfile

She may have fallen at the last hurdle, but Irish gymnast Ellis O'Reilly has plenty to be proud of.

The 18-year-old became the first Irish gymnast to qualify for a place in the Olympics earlier this year thanks to her performance at the final qualifying event for this year's Games.

The talented athlete suffered a nasty fall during her beam exercise yesterday. However, she did her family and friends proud with her stellar, upbeat performance for Team Ireland.

Vault

O'Reilly scored an impressive 11.666 for her floor exercise while she also gave solid performances on the vault and uneven bars, meaning she finished with an overall score of 47.932.

While she may have been disappointed by the fall and failure to qualify for the next round, the gymnast received an outpouring of love from her supporters on social media.

"So proud to see an Irish gymnast at the Olympics and although you look disappointed you've done your country proud," one user wrote.

"Well done Ellis you did amazing. What a role model you are for all future gymnasts."

"Good start for this debut Olympian and the first ever gymnast to represent Ireland at the Olympics," another said.

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