Following Olympic qualification, Danusia Francis describes 2019 as best year of her life

By October 08, 2019

In the wake of qualifying for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, on the weekend, Jamaican gymnast Danusia Francis has described 2019 as the best year of her professional life.

Francis competed together with two other members of Jamaica's women's team at the 2019 World Championships in Germany and qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games having finished ninth among the top 20 athletes who were not on a qualifying team. She scored 13.5 in the vault, 12.35 on the uneven bars event and 12.566 in both the balance beam and the floor exercise events.

It was only in April that Francis wowed the world at the Superstars of Gymnastics. Her show-stopping routines went viral and thrust her into the international spotlight.

“This has been one of the best years of my whole career. The whole build-up, being able to go viral on the internet after my O2 Arena performance earlier this year and getting all the support from all the Jamaicans back home. All of that support just pushed me in the right direction to now getting my spot for the Games next year,” Francis told Sportsmax.TV on Sunday, revealing that she went through a wave of emotions when she found out she qualified.

“The range of emotions that I went through after finding out that I had qualified for the Olympics was a bit of relief because I knew I could do this but I have worked so hard to point so obviously, it still has to go right on the day,” she said.

“Disbelief, I still don’t know that it’s sunk in yet or that it will sink in when I am out there in Tokyo wearing the Jamaican flag; and yeah, extreme pride. I am so proud of myself, and happiness.”

Unlike previous years, the World Championships offered gymnasts an opportunity for direct entry into the Olympic Games. Francis said it was what gave her the chance to realise her dream.

“This was probably the most important competition of my whole entire life. The other times where I have had chances to qualify for the Olympics, it had not been so straight-forward so this one was if I did my job I would qualify myself, my name, Danusia Francis, representing Jamaica at the Olympics,” she said.

“So, it was a more straight-forward approach for this Olympic cycle. So knowing that if I did my job I was going to qualify it made it a very important competition.”

 

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