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American Morgan Hurd wins all-around title

American Morgan Hurd won the all-around title in the world gymnastics championships Friday night, spoiling Ellie Black’s bid to become the first Canadian winner.

The 16-year-old Hurd edged Black by 0.101 points, finishing with 55.232 points in her world championships debut. Russia’s Eremina Elena was third at 54.799.

Gold medalist Morgan Hurd of the United States performs her floor exercise during the women’s individual all-around final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

“It’s crazy that I was even competing here,” said Hurd, from Middletown, Delaware. “To think that I won is just the most surreal feeling in the world.”

Women’s individual all-around gold medalist Morgan Hurd, center, of the United States silver medalist Elsabeth Black, left, of Canada and bronze medalist Elena Eremina of Russia show off their medals during the victory ceremonies at the Artistic Gymnastics World Championships Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

American Ragan Smith, the favorite to win the gold medal, was forced to withdraw from the final after injuring her ankle during the vault warm up at Olympic Stadium.

Black is a five-time Canadian champion.

Gold medalist Morgan Hurd, of the United States, performs her routine on the balance beam in the women’s individual all-around final at the artistic gymnastics world championships Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Montreal. (Paul Chiasson/The Canadian Press via AP)

“I’m standing here with the silver medal, so I’m pretty happy with that,” said Black, from Halifax, Nova Scotia. “There’s ups and downs in gymnastics, there are mistakes that are made. It’s part of the sport. There’s probably a bunch of athletes who would love to be in my position right now. I just feel so fortunate to have had this opportunity and to be here tonight.”

Gold medalist Morgan Hurd, of the United States, performs on the balance beam during the women’s individual all-around final at the artistic gymnastics world =championships Friday, Oct. 6, 2017 in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)

Silver medalist Elsabeth Black, left, of Canada, and gold medalist Morgan Hurd, of the United States, wave to the crowd after the women’s individual all-around final at the artistic gymnastics world championships Friday, Oct. 6, 2017, in Montreal. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press via AP)