Gymnastics: American Hurd, 16, wins all-around title at world championships

American Morgan Hurd competes on the floor exercise during the women's individual all-around final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct 6, 2017.
American Morgan Hurd competes on the floor exercise during the women's individual all-around final of the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships on Oct 6, 2017.PHOTO: AFP/GETTY IMAGES

(REUTERS) - American Morgan Hurd seized the women's all-around title at the gymnastics world championships in Montreal, Canada on Friday.

The bespectacled 16-year-old, who was born in Wuzhou, China and adopted as a toddler, grabbed the United States' seventh straight Olympic or world all-around title by edging out Canada's Elsabeth Black 55.232 to 55.132.

US champion Ragan Smith withdrew minutes before the competition with an ankle injury. The favourite to take the gold after finishing second in qualifying was taken for X-rays and her absence cleared the way for Hurd.

Injuries have plagued the competition with Romania's Larisa Iordache, a two-time world all-around medallist, tearing her Achilles tendon during warmup and Kohei Uchimura pulling out of the men's qualifications earlier owing to a torn ankle ligament.

Russia's Elena Eremina took the bronze with a total of 54.799. Japan's Mai Murakami was fourth, followed by Melanie de Jesus dos Santos of France.

Hurd's triumph makes her the youngest Olympic or world all-around champion since Aliya Mustafina in 2010.