Coquitlam's Brittany Rogers earned a place in the vault final with her performance Sunday at the London Olympics.
The 19-year-old gymnast won a spot in the final with her seventh place showing, joining Canadian teammate Ellie Black, who finished eighth. Rogers registered an identical points score of No. 6 qualifier Janine Berger of Germany.
The Canadian team also advanced to the team final, a first in a non-boycotted Games.
"We kept fighting and never gave up, even when things didn't go well after our beam rotation," Rogers said in a press release. "It really was all about the team."
The historic showing also saw Sarnia, Ont. native Dominique Pegg advance to the all-around final.
In Canadian women's artistic gymnastics history, the only previous athlete to advance to a final in a non-boycott Olympics was Coquitlam native Kate Richardson, who qualified for the floor routine at the 2004 Atlanta Games. The team's best finish in a non-boycotted Games was ninth, achieved at the Sydney Games in 2000.
"It was a fantastic experience and I had so much fun," said Black, of Halifax.
Rogers also posted the top Canadian score in uneven bars, placing 16th overall.
That experience will continue early Tuesday, as Canada will compete in the team final against powerhouse squads from the United States, Russia, China, Romania, Great Britain, Japan and Italy.
Rogers and Black will then turn their focus to the vault final, which goes Aug. 5.
The Canadian gymnastics team also includes Ontario natives Victoria Moors and Kristina Vaculik.
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