Australia’s Larrissa Miller is Rio Bound

Larrissa Miller secured the only individual spot available for representing Australia.

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Australia secured an individual quota position at this year’s Rio Test Event, but missed out on full Team by one place, meaning an extremely tight competition for the one spot at the Trials in Melbourne.

With Rianna Mizzen winning the uneven bars, Emily Little the vault, Lauren Mitchell the beam and Miller the floor it was a tough call for selectors.

Miller is relieved to have won the spot after not having her ideal Trials. She had gone into the competition as the hot favourite in the bars but had two falls and finished eighth. She then excelled on the floor ahead of Mitchell.

“I’m really happy with the result. It’s a relief,” Miller said.

“Mentally I was more stressed after the bars routine. I knew I had to lift in the floor routine. I put the pressure on myself because I knew what was riding on that moment.

“It’s pretty crazy. After she (Mitchell) had done her floor routine I thought she was going to beat me. That’s her thing. She did an amazing job, so to come out on top has given me great confidence.”

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Miller did have impressive performances at the Rio Test Event where she came second on floor and fifth on bars.

The Queensland-born athlete, who moved to Melbourne after the London 2012 Games, said she only discovered her talent for the floor in the last couple of years.

“The first time I realised I had potential on floor was 2014 when I made the finals in floor at the World Championships and came sixth,” she said.

Miller is focused on making an Olympic final now after her first experience four years ago where she came 10th in the Team event, 29th on the uneven bars and 42nd on the floor.

“The first Olympic Games it was more about the experience, but now it’s about being able to perform better and be more goal focused.”

When asked if she had to choose between the floor or uneven bars final, Miller confesses a love for her ‘new-found’ talent.

“I’d really like to make a floor final,” she said with a laugh.

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