Cal sophomore gymnast Toni-Ann Williams has officially qualified to represent Jamaica in the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. This is a prestigious accomplishment, as she’ll be the first gymnast to represent Jamaica at the Olympics.
She also made Cal history by becoming the first women’s gymnast to qualify for the Olympics.
Williams punched her ticket to Brazil over the weekend by finishing 38th overall at the Rio Olympic Test event on Sunday.
Her best performance of the night came on vault, where she finished 24th overall with a strong 14.066. On beam she finished 29th a 13.666. This was just above her 32nd-place floor finish of 13.366. And rounding it out was a decent bars score of 11.833, good enough for 78th place.
All of this added up to an all around score of 52.931, securing her spot in the Olympics.
Williams’ lifelong dream of competing on the highest gymnastics stage has finally come to fruition. She’s already proven that she can compete against the best in the nation, but it’s now time for her to compete against the best in the world.
Alex Quintana covers women’s gymnastics. Contact him at [email protected]