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Black Defends Pan American All-Around Title
(3 votes, average 5.00 out of 5)

Canadian Ellie Black successfully defended her all-around title at the Pan American Games held in Lima, Peru. Black posted 55.25 to narrowly edge top qualifier Riley McCusker from the U.S. who posted 55.125. The Canadian earned top scores of the day on vault 14.45 (stuck front handspring front layout full) and bars 14.3/5.9 (Maloney to Hindorff, clear hip piked Tkatchev, piked Jaeger to Pak, Maloney half and toe on front tuck half dismount).

After McCusker fall on bars (stalder Tkatchev) Black had a significant lead going into the last rotation. But she opened the door after her 2 ½ step to a double pike on floor was landed low and entirely out of bound. McCusker earned the top beam score of the day 14.2/6.0 (ff-ff layout two feet, triple and double wolf turns, ff-ff double tuck step back). She performed a routine with strong execution and solid landings on floor but couldn’t quite make up the deficit and had to settle for the silver.

Just like four years ago Flavia Saraiva from Brazil took the bronze with a 54.35. She showed the best floor routine of the day combining great artistry, well executed leaps and difficult tumbling (double layout, full in, 1 ½ to front full and a double pike) 13.9/5.3. Kara Eaker who arrived to the all-around final as the second best qualifier suffered falls on beam (switch leap mount) and floor (2 ½ to front full) and finished in fourth with a 53.75. Martini Dominici from Argentina and Thais Dos Santos from Brazil rounded out the top six posting 52.8 and 52.7, respectively.

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