Gymnast Aleah Finnegan to represent PH in Paris Olympics

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 3) — Gymnast Aleah Finnegan secured a spot in the 2024 Olympic Games via the World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Belgium, making her the first Filipina to qualify for the Paris event.

The 20-year-old gymnast earned her ticket after placing 32nd in the all-around qualification, taking one of the 14 Olympic berths in women's gymnastics.

"It is such a dream come true," Finnegan said. "I'm just thankful for the Philippines for giving this opportunity to me that I would never have been able to take otherwise."

Finnegan first competed for the Philippines in the 2022 Southeast Asian Games in Vietnam, where she bagged gold in vault table and silver in the individual all-around category.


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She also bagged two bronze medals in the Asian Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Singapore in June of the same year.

Before competing for the Philippines, Finnegan was part of the US women's gymnastics team, where she bagged silver in the team all-around during the 2019 Pan-American Games.

She will also be the first female gymnast to compete for the Philippines in the Olympics since 1964, after Evelyn Magluyan and Maria Luisa Floro participated in the Tokyo Olympics.

Finnegan will be joining fellow gymnast Carlos Yulo and pole vaulter EJ Obiena in representing the country in the Paris Games next year.