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British Olympians Becky Downie and Ellie Downie have both been ruled out of this fall's world championships with injuries.

British Olympians Becky Downie, 25, and Ellie Downie, 18, will both miss this fall's world championships as they recover from surgeries.


Becky Downie, shortly before her elbow injury in Cluj

Ellie Downie, who made history this spring by winning the European all-around title in April in Cluj-Napoca, Romania, underwent ankle surgery Monday. Her elder sister Becky is also recovering from surgery.

Ellie Downie injured her ankle during the British championships in late March, but put off surgery to compete at the European championships in Cluj, where she became the first British gymnast to win a major all-around title, and added the bronze medal on uneven bars and the silver on floor exercise.

Ellie Downie sent out a photo on Instagram on Tuesday from Princess Grace Hospital in London, labeling herself "done and dusted."

"We worked through [the injury] for Europeans because I had worked too hard to not show off my work I'd been preparing for so many months, and I would not change that decision I made for the world," wrote Ellie, who turned 18 on July 20. "Unfortunately this does mean I will not compete at the World Champs in Canada this year, but my eyes are now set on getting ready and fit for the Commonwealth Games next year and I'm very excited to be on the road to recovery and get fit again. A minor set back is a pathway for a major comeback."

Becky Downie, 2008 and 2016 Olympian and 2014 and 2016 European bars champion, suffered a torn ligament in her elbow in a fall off uneven bars during the finals in Cluj. The seven-time European medalist is recovering well, but only just starting to train on bars again.

The "Double Downies" were members of Britain's history-making squad at the 2015 World Championships in Glasgow, where the British women won bronze, their first world championships team medal. They were also teammates at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, where the team's fifth place was its best Olympic result since winning a bronze medal in 1928. Both gymnasts train at Notts Gymnastics Academy under coach Jo Miller.

External Link: British Gymnastics

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