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Black, Mikulak Triumph in Toronto
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2012 Olympians Ellie Black (Canada) and Sam Mikulak (United States) were golden Monday in the all-around final at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto. Pictured: Women's all-around medalists Maddie Desch, Ellie Black and Flávia Saraiva

2012 Olympians Ellie Black (Canada) and Sam Mikulak (United States) proved golden Monday in the all-around final at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto.

Black scored 58.150 to win the women's all-around title over American Madison Desch (57.450) and Brazilian star Flávia Saraiva (57.050).

The 19-year-old Black began her run with a clean Tsukahara 1 1/2 on vault (14.550), followed by 14.300 on uneven bars (piked Hindorff; straddled Jaeger; Pak; Maloney-half; toe-on layout front half). She took her high score on balance beam, 14.950, where she hit her tricks despite some cautious wobbles (double turn to full turn; piked front; two-foot layout; ff, tucked full; tuck front; 2 1/2 twist). She clinched the title on floor exercise with unique tumbling (2 1/2 to double tuck; double-twisting layout front to punch front; layout front full to double pike).

Black became the first Canadian woman to win the Pan Am Games title since Monica Goermann in 1979.

"It's spectacular, to come here in front of the home crowd, to be able to hit my best competition, I think ever, is unreal," Black said. "To finish off with the gold is incredible, just having the whole of Canada behind me feels amazing. This is probably one of the best for me, I can’t even believe it."

Desch, second in qualification, had the best score of the day on uneven bars with 14.500 (Stalder-blind to Jaeger; Stalder to piked Tkatchev; Ricna to Pak; Stalder-Maloney-half; full-twisting double) but missed her ff, ff layout full again (grabbing the beam).

Bronze medalist Saraiva outscored the field again on floor exercise, where her elfin routine earned 14.650.

Top qualifier Amelia Hundley (U.S.) had the only 15.000 of the day, which she earned on vault for her double-twisting Yurchenko. Hundley finished fourth after a large break on uneven bars, where she fell out of her giant full and hit the low bar.

Brazilian veteran Daniele Hypólito, the all-around bronze medalist at the 2003 Pan Am Games, finished fifth.

Mikulak won a much closer men's competition, edging Cuban talent Manrique Larduet, 89.650-89.600. Defending champion Jossimar Calvo won the bronze with 89.400, with the highest score of the day, 15.900, on parallel bars.

Mikulak managed to stay on pommel horse after an early struggle, and it proved pivotal in the win as his rivals were less successful.

"I went to practice afterwards and just had a phenomenal day," said Mikulak, the first American male to win the Pan Am Games since Scott Johnson in 1987. "I felt energized, I felt in tune with my mind and body, and I felt very controlled over my emotions. It's perfect for gymnastics. You don't ever want to get too hyped. You want to have the calm middle — not too relaxed, not too hyped."

Larduet, the top qualifier, struggled on pommel horse but hit every other routine. In the final two rotations, he stuck his barani-out off parallel bars and his triple-double off high bar. He became the first Cuban male to win a Pan Am all-around medal since compatriot Erick Lopez won four consecutive titles from 1991 to 2003. Larduet's coach, Carlos Gil, praised Larduet and his teammate Randy Leru, eighth all-around.

"His performance was excellent," Gil said. "Manrique showed what we Cubans are made of, and Randy was very good too. We go with more strength to the rest of the finals."

Competition continues Tuesday with the first day of apparatus finals.

External Link: Official Website

2015 Pan American Games
July 13, Toronto

Women's All-Around FinalVTUBBBFXTotal
1. Ellie Black 14.550 14.300 14.950 14.350 58.150
2. Madison Desch 14.850 14.500 13.950 14.150 57.450
3. Flávia Saraiva 14.200 13.800 14.400 14.650 57.050
4. Amelia Hundley 15.000 12.900 14.100 14.100 56.100
5. Daniele Hypólito 14.100 13.150 14.050 13.950 55.250
6. Isabela Onyshko 13.950 13.200 14.000 13.900 55.050
7. Ana Sofía Gómez 14.650 11.800 14.400 13.450 54.300
8. Ana Lago 14.050 13.500 13.050 13.250 53.850
9. Marcia Videaux 14.700 13.500 11.600 13.250 53.050
10. Yurany Avendaño 13.550 13.250 12.750 12.700 52.250
11. Ginna Escobar 13.800 12.700 13.000 12.650 52.150
12. Ailen Valente 13.650 13.200 12.800 12.400 52.050
13. Ariana Orrego 13.850 12.800 12.250 13.100 52.000
14. Marisa Dick 13.450 12.400 12.800 12.600 51.250
15. Ayelen Tarabini 13.150 12.400 13.300 11.300 50.150
16. Leidys Rojas 11.200 12.700 13.250 12.950 50.100
17. Katriel De Sousa 13.600 10.900 11.550 13.000 49.050
18. Isabella Amado 13.650 10.950 11.750 12.150 48.500
19. Paula Mejias 13.500 11.650 10.150 13.000 48.300
20. Elid Hellwing 12.200 11.350 12.050 12.350 47.950
21. Debora Reis 12.250 11.000 11.450 10.100 44.800
22. Sydney Mason 12.500 9.600 10.200 11.750 44.050
23. Morgan Lloyd 11.550 8.750 10.550 10.300 41.150
24. Ivet Rojas 12.600 12.600

Men's All-Around FinalFXPHSRVTPBHBTotal
1. Sam Mikulak 14.850 14.250 15.000 14.950 15.800 14.800 89.650
2. Manrique Larduet 14.500 13.450 15.400 15.350 15.750 15.150 89.600
3. Jossimar Calvo 14.450 14.100 14.700 14.500 15.900 15.750 89.400
4. Caio Souza 14.950 14.400 14.600 15.000 15.250 14.650 88.850
5. Daniel Corral 14.450 13.850 15.000 14.650 15.100 13.750 86.800
6. Donnell Whittenburg 14.700 13.350 15.650 15.000 15.500 12.550 86.750
7. Hugh Smith 14.050 14.250 13.750 15.000 14.250 13.600 84.900
8. Randy Leru 14.200 12.900 14.200 14.600 14.600 13.250 83.750
9. Lucas Bitencourt 12.850 14.350 14.350 14.900 13.650 12.650 82.750
10. Daniel Gómez 12.900 13.350 13.900 14.250 14.050 13.600 82.050
11. René Cournoyer 13.300 12.500 14.400 13.800 14.000 13.200 81.200
12. Junior Rojo 13.300 13.100 13.000 14.800 13.750 13.200 81.150
13. Tarik Soto 13.700 13.250 11.900 14.750 13.300 13.650 80.550
14. Jorge Vega 14.900 11.000 13.400 15.350 13.150 12.400 80.200
15. Christian Bruno 13.450 10.700 13.550 14.300 12.700 14.000 78.700
16. Jostyn Fuenmayor 12.900 12.500 13.450 13.850 13.850 11.400 77.950
17. Daniel Aguero 12.600 12.300 11.850 14.300 12.300 12.900 76.250
18. Joel Álvarez 13.100 11.150 13.500 13.700 10.400 13.950 75.800
19. Mauricio Gallegos 11.600 12.850 12.200 12.650 11.350 12.850 73.500
20. Pablo Velasquez 12.400 12.150 11.400 13.850 11.150 10.950 71.900
21. Cristhian Meneses 11.550 9.650 12.550 14.150 10.600 12.000 70.500
22. Javier Cervantes 11.750 13.500 13.600 13.600 13.400 65.850
23. Angel Ramos 11.500 13.300 14.400 13.350 13.250 65.800
24. Marco Riveros 11.550 4.150 9.750 12.550 12.100 10.250 60.350
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