Focus Kept Hurd on Track for World All-Around Gold
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Now readying herself for Sunday's balance beam final, newly crowned world all-around champion Morgan Hurd of the U.S said the ankle injury that took teammate Ragan Smith out of Thursday's all-around final did not alter her focus in her own challenge for a medal.

Now readying herself for Sunday's balance beam final, newly crowned world all-around champion Morgan Hurd of the U.S said the ankle injury that took teammate Ragan Smith out of Thursday's all-around final did not alter her focus in her own challenge for a medal.

"It didn't affect me too much," said Hurd of the sprained ankle that Smith sustained on vault in the warm-up. "I still kept her in the back of my head because I really hope for a speedy recovery for her. It's so unfortunate that her worlds had to end this way, but I just wanted to focus on the job I had to do."

Smith and Hurd qualified sixth and second, respectively, for the all-around final in which Hurd went on to place first over silver medalist Ellie Black of Canada and bronze medalist Yelena Yeryomina of Russia.

Hurd said she sensed a medal-winning result as she was performing her floor exercise routine in the last rotation.

"I really felt like that during floor, because my landings were way better than in qualifications and podium training, and I was really happy with it," she said.

With a score of 13.500 points, Hurd qualified second to Sunday's balance beam final, between top-ranked Tabea Alt of Germany (13.533) and 2015 world balance beam bronze medalist Pauline Schäfer (13.433).

Smith qualified first to Sunday's floor exercise final but has subsequently withdrawn from it because of her injury.

Despite taking her lowest score of the all-around final on balance beam, Hurd said she was satisfied with her performance there.

"I was a little shaky but I'm just happy I stayed on," she said.

The competition concludes in Montreal on Sunday afternoon at 1 p.m. with two women's event finals (balance beam and floor exercise) and three men's event finals (vault, parallel bars and high bar).. Head to IG's Facebook page for live commentary from the Olympic Stadium!

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