16-year old Raegan Rutty continued to represent the Cayman Islands on the international stage 25th October – 3rd November at the 48th World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Doha, Qatar.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Simone Byles of the United States topped the competition for a record fourth time. The top three women’s teams qualified for the 2020 Olympic Games. The United States won gold, while Russia won silver, with bronze going to China.
“I feel like I made improvements,” said Rutty. “Competing on big stages, you get nervous. You also get more experience, and more confidence. I look at it as a new opportunity. I was just trying to have fun, enjoy the experience, represent my country while making everyone and myself proud.”
Overall, Rutty would finish 137th among 226 gymnasts to complete the competition. She placed 181st on the balance beam, 173rd on the uneven bars and 168th in the floor exercise. Rutty says she’ll get a well deserved break from competition until the Woga Classic in Dallas, Texas 9th-10th February 2019.
“Finally I have a bit of a break. I get to work on new skills and upgrades.”
In September, Rutty qualified for the 2019 Pan Am Games in Lima, Peru.