Ellie Downie: ‘I can win an Olympic medal’

Olympian Ellie Downie
Olympian Ellie Downie

Hucknall’s Ellie Downie believes she has proven herself to be a future Olympic medallist after placing 13th in the women’s individual all-around final.

Downie recorded the sixth best score on the vault and eighth on the floor but was down the field on the uneven bars and beam in 21st and 16th.

And, while frustrated with her dismount on the beam in particular, Downie, who is just 17, is taking the positives from her maiden Olympic appearance in Rio.

“I had a long wait on beam but didn’t feel nervous, the actual routine was really good but the landing again I needed to focus more,” she said.

“It’s mixed emotions knowing that if I had gone clean I had a chance of a medal, which shows I’m right up there on my day.

“That’s a big positive to take out of these Games looking ahead. It’s been a bit of a rollercoaster experience but I’m very proud of what I’ve achieved and the fact I’ve been able to battle through.”